To me almost nothing is more beautiful than something that has been hand made for a child. The innocence, simplicity and pure joy of handcrafted items, as well as the time and love it takes to mold them, make handmade toys rather emblematic of children themselves.
A particularly fine example of this phenomenon is Cocon, an exquisite line of textile goods by Masami Akatsuka. Tokyo-born, this stylist, designer and mother of two now creates dolls, clothes and decor for children (and the young at heart) from her home in Southern France.
Masami’s work is deceivingly simple. But the choices she makes show the mark of a fully developed artist. The way she puts colors and fabrics together and the winsome character of her forms are subtle and sophisticated. Similarly Masami’s ability to convey big personalities with the smallest stitch or to suggest the flop of a hat with a mere tuft of fabric, makes her pieces both playful and clever. Like children themselves, though diminutive in stature, they are large on charm.