Put some zakka into your life

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For the uninitiated, ‘zakka’ is Japanese for ‘many things’. Zakka is a design phenomenon that has influenced everything from tomato sauce bottles and sunglass cases to fabric patterns, art and film. But not everything that is kitschy and cute qualifies as zakka. To be truly zakka, your thing, whether it be a stapler or a tote bag, must improve your home, life and outlook as well as be attractive.

There is no doubt that you get a little bit more inner joy from using farmhouse sticky tape as opposed to your standard Sellotape. And why use any old drink bottle when you can have a sweet stripy one featuring elephants picking daisies? Zakka falls into the ‘I want’ category rather than ‘I need’ but if it really is improving your daily outlook, then enjoy your lunch from a box adorned with bunnies on a road trip.

We’re very excited to be the first to announce that a great range of Shinzi Katoh zakka has just arrived at Monkeytail & Wellington. Clocks, drink bottles and bento boxes, rice ball boxes (which are actually the perfect size for playtime snacks) and stationery are all included. Check out the adorable stamp sets – again, I’m not sure that I need stamp sets featuring New York and Parisian icons but they are just too cute. These are all exclusive in Australia to M&W.

Improve your daily outlook with a Shinzi Katoh clock, $79.95, stamp sets, $44.95, Bento boxes, $29.95, drink bottles $49.95 and sticky tape, $9.95. This stuff has a cult following, so get in quick to Monkeytail & Wellington and put a little zakka in your life.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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