Imperfectly perfect.

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Kintsugi is Japanese and means „to mend with gold“ or „to repair“. It describes a traditional method for repairing pottery. Cracked or broken porcelain is glued with the help of Urushi, a special lacquer that has been interspersed with the finest powdered gold or other metals such as silver or platinum. What results from this is so beautiful that words can hardly do it justice. Kintsugi is based upon the aesthetic principle of Wabi Sabi from the 16th Century, which put its emphasis on simplicity and appreciation of imperfection. Kintsugi doesn’t repair a fault, but accentuates it with a touch of gold, turns it into the star and makes valuable what seemed worthless before. What an idea, what an image – especially in times of arbitrarily repetitive production processes and product cycles that don’t last longer than a few seconds. Rumour has it that some middle and upper class Japanese actually even broke dishes on purpose in order to grant them this golden beautification. The sisters Gieke and Lotte von Humade from Holland have revived this century-old technique and given it a modern twist. The ‚New kintsugi Repair Kit‘ is made up of a two-component adhesive, gold powder, a brush, gloves and wooden spatulas. Handling is child’s play. With the help of small plastic nozzle, you squeeze out a tiny amount of glue and mix it with an even tinier amount of gold dust. This mass is generously painted on one side of the broken favourite mug, then the parts are pressed together. Leave it to set for a few minutes and then brush some more gold dust onto the created gold vein. Rinse and presto. The set costs about 30 Euro and lasts forever. Enjoy making the imperfect perfect. Long live your porcelain!
NEW KINTSUGI REPAIR KIT | For example at Amazing Crocodile, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 49, 10178 | Facebook

Kategorien: Products | Autor: | Datum: 22. Juni 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Felix Ilse

Felix Ilse

The 2 Minute-Interview


Felix Ilse sure knows his tea. He has made it his personal mission to help people lead a happier, greater and healthier life. How does it get any better than this?! His start-up Teatox brings together enjoyment (tea) and health (detox) in an extremely laid-back manner. We wanted to find out what else Felix gets up to when he’s not busy creating new teas or pushing his Teatox web shop to the next level. We went on a wild roller coaster ride with him and Jerry Seinfeld and had Raclette from round pizza boxes. Oops, we might have got things slightly mixed up here. Please re-arrange yourself. P.S. We love your Skype-name, Felix!


Felix Name: Felix Ilse
Age: 27
City: Berlin
Job: entrepreneur
Shoe size: 44,5
Favourite herbs: rosemary (especially on potatoes)
Contact: | skype: filse1

  Do you start your day with tea or coffee?
Actually I prefer coffee, as a matter of fact cappuccino with a pinch of brown sugar sprinkled over the frothed milk…marvellous! And then it’s tea for the rest of the day.


Black or green?
Colour or tea? Green is my favourite colour (just can’t decide between British racing green and teal) and also the colour of my choice when it comes to tea: Matcha!


Which moment changed everything?
Deciding to start Teatox right after graduating. From then on, it’s been quite a roller coaster.


How can you tell that you’re all grown up?
Having to file a tax return and forgetting to do so year for year.


What’s your advice for young entrepreneurs?
No.1: Don’t start a company for the sake of being hip.
No.2: If you’ve answered No.1 with „yes“: Don’t waste time. If you’re aiming to be an active entrepreneur, you should get started straight away.
No.3: Try launching a new product. There are already plenty of online marketplaces and fashion apps around.


What is your generation’s greatest challenge?
Having too many options and being afraid to miss out on something. I love the pace of times and live accordingly myself, but this life style also encourages a certain vagueness and short-term nature.


What are you impressed by?
Knowledge und Empathy.


What can’t you get enough of?
Sushi & liquorice.

Name a magical place:
Rather an area: Patagonia.


Why are pizza boxes square?
That’s a legitimate question. Presumably they’re easier to stack and manufacturing costs are lower. Although round boxes would save material and hence maybe even stop global warming.


With which famous person would you like to have a cup of tea?
Jerry Seinfeld. A pleasant person down to the core and my all-time favourite comedian.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Raclette. Does that count? Apart from the taste, I enjoy it so much because it’s such a social and communicative way of eating. Things are constantly being passed around, filled up or topped up… It’s like an evening of fun and games. (When and where? Editor’s note.)


What are you afraid of?
Not being able to see the essential things.


When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I try new things almost every day – even if it’s just a new route to the office.


What should no one know about you?
My school bag was the one with dolphins on it.


Which question should we have asked?
Can you sniff Matcha too?


Last Words:
It’s all good.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 03. Dezember 2015 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare