It is no secret that to many people phrases like "going green" and "eating local" are becoming a part of everyday vocabulary, but with popular resources like outsourcing it is easy to lose the base element from which these phrases are born from, locality. Recently we came across Japanese designer Kazutoyo Yamamoto, he has taken this idea of using what is available to you, and ran with it!
Newland is located in a town just outside of Japan called Kumagaya. Interior designer Yamamoto said that the obvious choice would be to establish a space like this in Tokyo but, he wanted to try something more likely seen in a big city here in a small village. Pulling from local resources Yamamoto has turned an abandoned warehouse into a sort of community center with a school, office, art gallery, and 8 shops and cafes with room for more!
At Newland Yamamoto has 3 spaces of his own, an office, an organic food shop, and a restaurant run by a local surfing cohort (he also gives lessons). There is a bakery, dry cleaners, curry rice restaurant, and a women's wear shop. A farmers market is held once a month and there are classes and seminars on everything from wine tasting to Hawaiian dancing and skate boarding. Newland has brought a sense of community back to this town that until now has been lacking this kind of cultural outlet. Yamamoto says "I'm hoping that someone here might be influenced by this and grow up with an interest in design"
We at goodEarth canvas are big on using our local resources. Our design studio and production facility are located in the small town of Bridgehampton, NY. All of our beautiful canvases are printed and hand stretched right here in studio by local talent that we were lucky enough to find. The canvases are shipped directly from us using recycled material. We think that when embarking on a new venture, sometimes it is important to consider what is already around you such as friends family and local resources. Check out our amazing selection of locally made, hand crafted canvases at goodearthcanvas.com and we hope you find something that inspires you today.