Crushing On: Reiko Kaneko

A really good gift idea (to give AND to get)

reiko kaneko home decor ceramics

Are you familiar with British-Japanese ceramics designer Reiko Kaneko? I first was introduced to the brand when I kept spotting these amazing ‘Lip Tease’ mugs on Pinterest and a few stateside retailers. One day, I finally got curious about the company behind the mug, and was rewarded with such a treat when I finally perused Reiko’s website. If you have a thing for beautiful ceramic pieces like I do, prepare yourself — you’re going to want one of everything.

Reiko grew up in Japan, and its influence on her work is clear, but I love her modern, classic take on many of the pieces. These are things that feel chic now, but will feel equally current years down the road. I was especially drawn to the forms in her Bamboo Vessels collection (and I love how many of the pieces do double duty — the tall form can be used as a large glass for something like beer, but also looks awesome as a vase), as well as the unique ‘mix and match’ vibe of her Petal collection (isn’t it neat how the plates and bowls can all be arranged to form a larger flower shape?).

The company offers a number of ceramic pieces that can be monogrammed, which means major gift potential. These little mugs are super simple, but I love the tiny monogram you can add; similarly, these heart shadow mugs can be personalized on the inside with a name, date, or short message.

I know the star for lots of people will still be Reiko’s Lip Tease and Drip Tease collection. They are super sexy, and you can get ’em in platinum or gold.

Prices listed on her site are in pounds, so for those of us in the U.S., don’t forget to calculate the exchange rate in if you plan on purchasing (as I write this, it’s a little over 1 pound to 1.5 USD). If you want to skip international shipping, you can find a few of the Lip Tease and Drip Tease mugs here; Shopbop also used to sell the gold Lip Tease mug, so here’s hoping it goes back in stock there too!

Long story short, I’m obsessed. Slash, I need more cabinet space in my kitchen!


Tall Lip Tease Mug, £13.95  |  Petite Lip Tease Mug, £11.95  |  Cluster Vase, £89  |  Drip Tease Teapot, £44.95  |  Drip Tease Tea Cup and Saucer, £19.95  | The Boat, £109  |  Crack of Thunder Side Plate, £12.95  |  Large Monogram Mug, £14  |  Bamboo Tall, £14  |  Bamboo Twist Sake Decanter, £15

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  1. 11.11.14

    I just fell in love with Reiko Kaneko! I especially LOVE those lip tease mugs, they are soo cute!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. 11.11.14
    jillian said:

    i love those mugs! so cute. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  3. 11.11.14

    Agree! I love Reiko Kaneko. When I was seeing the Lip Tease mug all over the place last year I checked out her site and became obsessed. I love how simple but artistic and unique the pieces are. I have to say that the Drip Tease mug is still my favorite, since I have a major thing for splatter paint/paint drips in all forms. I’ve been thinking about getting that mug for a while…maybe will add it to my holiday list!

  4. 11.11.14
    Kendall said:

    You always create the prettiest graphics! The lip tease mugs are really cute.

  5. 11.11.14
    Lisa said:

    I just love the lip tease mugs, they are so sweet and subtle!
    In Dramatic Fashion

  6. 11.11.14
    Lily said:

    These are os original! I love the liptease pieces!

    x Lily

  7. 11.12.14

    So simple yet so pretty, I adore that coffee mug with lipstick marks.

  8. 11.13.14
    Rose said:

    Ohh, I discovered Reiko Kaneko a few years ago and I LOVE the line. Everything is amazing!! The lip print mugs are always a favorite.