We had a zen ceremonial event at the AAA store today, having a good friend of ours, Migiwa, teaching us a philosophy of Japanese tea ceremony,
和敬清寂 - Wa Kei Sei Jaku
Wa - Harmony
Kei - Repect
Sei - Purity
Jaku - Tranquillity
*The four most important elements of the tea ceremony.
The Japanese tea ceremony is called Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea
We had lovely customers here immersing themselves in the tranquil art of Matcha tea making and tasting during our Japanese tea ceremony in our store.
We are very excited to announce the arrival of AOIRO design fragrance ranges to An Astute Assembly. They are coming all the way from Germany !
Founded by Japanese-Austrian duo Shizuko Yoshikuni and Manuel Kuschnig, AOIRO focuses on the olfactory interpretation of concepts that are transformed into individually created signature fragrances and olfactory identities, both for products and spatial design. AOIRO's approach is reflected in making spaces more communicative through fragrance in air design.
In this sense, AOIRO recognises the atmosphere as an emotional quality of space and as an opportunity to stage unique, tailor-made encounters. AOIRO’s products consist of insense, diffusers and alarmists all blended carefully to create beautiful scents that invite you to take a quiet moment to unwind in everyday life and to uncover your authentic soul.
AOIRO’s ‘Hakudo’ series. Hakudo is based on a philosophy derived from Kohdo, the Japanese ceremony of appreciating a subtle and exquisite fragrance. Hakudo source the finest raw materials selected for both their unique scent profile and the purifying qualities of each plant combining essences and absolutes that are extracted from woods, roots, mosses, leaves, herbs and citrus. Hakudo represents the fascinating qualities of white clay through the scent that is rejuvenating, vitalising, and purifying to the mind and spirit. Listening to the scent allows for one to be infused and to experience it with your entire being. It invites you to take a moment to breathe and prepare yourself for the day ahead, as well as to feel a sense of tranquillity in the evening.
AOIRO design does some beautiful collaborative work with among other Japanese artisans.
They've participated at German fashion week as a part of Vogue Salon.
AOIRO's approach is reflected in making spaces more communicative through fragrance in air design.
Please come to our store to experience their scents they will rejuvenate and purify your mind and spirit.
AOIRO AIRDESIGNは、ベルリンと東京を拠点に嗅覚デザインをおこなう、吉国志津子とマニュエル クシュニグ（オーストリア）のクリエイティブユニットです。
過去１０年間、ファッション・ラグジュアリーブランドを筆 頭 に、プレミアムホテル、イベントや展示会など多岐に渡って、日本とヨーロッパの地で、様々な香りの可能性を提供してきました。創作の素材となるのは、世界各地から厳選された良質なエッセンシャルオイルやアブソリュートの数々。芳しくストーリー性の高い香りを生み出す「パフュームの調香プロセス」によって、天然香料のもつ「植物の効果効能」を最大限に活かす、独自のクリエーションスタイルを展開し、ベルリンのアトリエで全て手作業で調香しています。
Thank you @kowtowclothing for the wonderful opportunity - talking about the philosophy behind the company @an_astute_assembly on #KowtowConversations their website nz.kowtowclothing.com/pages/conversations/yuka - I was fortunate to be a part of, love what you do for the business, Kowtow. What a treat to be in their beautiful clothes, picture by @neevewoodward very talented lady.
Thank you xxx
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A little arrangement using gold leaves for this week, Feel of Zen...
We run the first workshop at our very first store in Auckland on 10th of June.
It was great to see many people who came along and join our most popular Kintsugi workshop in our brand new shop space on very calming Sunday.
We lay-out the long trestle tables in the middle of the shop, surrounded by beautiful objects that AAA & TÜR's selected.
People seemed very enjoy learning the technique, seeing the transformation of broken thing will be back to original form and especially when they applied pure lacquer paint and golden powder at the last process, the appearance of beauty made them "wow" feeling. Sometimes, people bring sentimental broken pieces to repair at the session, they've evoked the memory of the object when they fix and then sometimes it can be very emotional to bring back to a form for them.
An Astute Assembly loves the outcome to see when we exchange the Japanese old technique which carries its history and own philosophy. the way we think that's beauty in the broken thing and old thing, mending yourself to give back the life and add your character with gold lines to enhance the broken part. this is a one of Japanese art form of mending. Wabi-sabi philosophy behind the technique and practice.
we run this workshop regularly throughout the year, Please drop a line if you want to sit the workshop. we can put you on the list.
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By popular demand....
The Matcha cake at our opening event was so delicious and we had so many requests for the recipe we couldn't not share.
My lovely friend, Satomi's Matcha pound cake recipe.
Matcha pound cake - ( L 160 x W 6 x H 8 tin )
Whisked eggs 75g
*Baking powder tsp1/3
*matcha Tbsp 1
* Sift all dry ingredients together 2-3 times - do this on to paper, not in a bowl to make it nice and fluffy. It's important to sift a few times to get lots of air in your dry ingredients.
1, Set the oven to 180 degrees and pre-heat.
2, Cream butter and sugar until it's white and fluffy, mix well with a spatula.
3, Change to hand mixer to mix more until the mixture becomes whiter.
4, Add the whisked eggs slowly, ideally over four pours.
5, Put the all dry ingredients together and mix well with a spatula.
6, Mix the mixture more than 30 times till the mixture turns shiny.
7, Pour your mixture into a tin and bake for 15 mints.
8, Take the tin out from oven and use a sharp knife to 'cut' a line down the centre - this will help your cake separate nicely and make it look great once it's baked. Then put the cake back into the oven and bake for another 30 mins.
9, Once it's baked properly, bring it out on to a bench to rest. Wrap the cake tightly as soon as it's cooled down. It will last in the fridge for a week and is better to eat after a couple of days. Best enjoyed at room temperature.
Opening night ....
It was many people who came to celebrate our milestone event on 31st of May.
Thank you so much for coming to support us, it means a lot for us to have you there.
TUR Studio /
An Astute Assembly
we opened our very first store in Auckland!
In collaboration with the beautiful TUR Studio, nestled in amongst some fantastic neighbours and right next door to Madame George on Auckland's Karahangahape Rd.
We'll be running exhibitions regularly, introducing great artists every month or two, as well as stocking many of the great goods we have in our ever-evolving collection.
486 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland, NZ
Open days : Wednesday to Saturday
Shop hours : 11:30 - 16:30
Any other time - View by Appointment
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Elena Renker's tea bowl
Fiona Mackay ceramics's bowl