Our NiMi Projects store at The Black Barn has re-opened!
We know it has been difficult for everyone, so thank you for your support during lockdown, we truly appreciate it.
For those who have visited us before, welcome back! We’ve missed you! Anyone who hasn’t seen our bricks and mortar store yet, our little black barn is a heritage building with over 400 years history — please come find us and let us show you around. We hope you love it as much as we do.
For now, we will be open reduced hours — Tuesday 10am - 2pm, Thursday 10am - 2pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm. And we’ve introduced Covid-19 measures to ensure your health safety — more on that later.
First, here’s a little about what we’ve been up to.
During lockdown, we started a Zoom Origami Workshops series, teaching kids how to craft paper toys and decorations with Japanese origami paper. Thank you to all who joined us! It was great fun and we’ve decided to continue offering them for a while longer. In fact, we enjoyed hosting them so much, we are now looking into workshops for adults too. Please subscribe to our newsletters or keep an eye on our Instagram for updates.
We also continued to introduce new Japanese design products online. These include a pop colour series of ceramic bud vases by Okada, elegant minimalist stoneware vases by Watanabe Thoki, cute wooden toys by Dou? Toy and Tokyo-inspired designer games by Jordan Draper.
We’ll have all these new items out on display in the store so you can take a closer look at their craftsmanship and really get a feel for them.
We can’t wait to see you
But we understand you may still have some concerns about visiting in the current environment. With your safety in mind, we introduced some new measures according to government directives and, naturally, we did it with a little Japanese design in mind.
Our posters asking customers to wear masks and keep a distance of 2 meters are variations of those created by Japanese design unit Nosigner, who collaborated with various initiatives and individuals to create a multilingual portal of Covid-19 information. If you’re interested in the project, take a look here, it’s a great example of ways forward for social design: Pandaid.
We are also limiting the number of people inside the store to one person or household, cleaning all surfaces regularly and, of course, there will be complimentary masks, gloves and sanitizer at the door.
It may be a different way to shop, but we are the same and we’d be happy to chat to you in more detail about all our items — everything has a story!
You can, of course, still shop via our online store — but truly, we would really like to meet you in person.