When we started Remodelista a few years back, one of our favorite sources for obscure household finds was Hoping for Happy Accidents by Brooklyn-based Kelly Cooper Kordylewski. That's how we discovered A. Depeche in Kyoto, a housewares and furniture shop featuring an alluring array of wabi-sabi-esque goods for the home. For our "Autumn in Japan" issue, we're revisiting the shop and discovering some new products.
N.B.: Here's a bit of good news: Kelly, who is now based in Chicago, is back online after a two-year hiatus with a new blog called In a Great Big Room. We'll be lurking.
Above: Handmade in Tochigi prefecture, a rustic broom.
Above: A strangely compelling distressed metal lampshade.
Above: A kitchen storage rack.
Above: Printed linen placemats.
Above: A paper towel holder of iron and teak.
Above: A wall-mounted basket for cleaning tool storage.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 30, 2008 as part of our Asian Influenced issue.
Muji, another Japanese store specializing in household basics and smart storage solutions, has US outposts. Browse our favorite Muji finds.