Shopping in Singapore may not be similar to those in Japan but in atomi, we have put together an eclectic unique mix of Japanese brands that's otherwise impossible to have all under one roof, even in Japan. The boutiques are filled with products made in Japan by artisans who have spent a lifetime perfecting their trades. Many have been around for generations, and are appearing outside of Japan for the very first time.
When she first came to Singapore in 2002, Japan-born, United States-educated Mitsuko met Andrew, a Singaporean born and bred in Singapore, globetrotting around the world as a management consultant. Now they are best known for Singapore-based atomi, an eponymous brand they founded in 2009, epitomising Japanese Designs x Comfortable Lifestyle since then.
atomi is an eclectic collection that covers all aspects of fashion, furniture, homeware, alcohol and more. The lifestyle boutique located on level four of Mandarin Gallery in Orchard Road is filled with hidden gems from all over Japan while the furniture showroom next unit showcases designer furniture from the likes of Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison and SANAA.
This is where you will find everything imported from Japan. We stock Japanese brands that we curated through the years of sourcing, travelling and flying throughout many prefectures of Japan, showcasing Andrew & Mitsuko's personable and insider view of the culture, furniture and products that represent Japan's design culture, artisanal craftsmanship and unwavering dedication for perfection.
After 11 years, atomi is still the labour of love for the co-founders, Andrew Tan and Tokyo native Mitsuko Murano. We strive to deliver a unique shopping experience with products & services that bring Japan closer to you in Singapore. And our next step is to reach out to the regional stage.
333a Orchard Road #04-27 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
+65 9851 5398
The combination of innovative industrial processes with traditional craftsmanship methods- perfectly described by their motto “Industrialized Craftsmanship”- represents the production philosophy of Maruni, traceable in every project.
The study of shapes able to highlight the natural beauty of wood and the sophisticated technical skills created versatile furnishing solutions, a blend between exquisite beauty and perfect functionality.
Tako, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, is an organic shaped chair, created not by wood bending but by applying machine wood cutting techniques. The sculptural soft form was born from Maruni’s processing technique under the motto “Industrialized Craftsmanship”. The chair has a gentle silhouette that is a perfect complement to a white tablecloth. Its most striking characteristic is where the back divides into the front leg and back leg.
-Designed By Naoto Fukasawa
The particular curvature of the backrest and armrests of the chair, reminiscent of the profile of an octopus, was achieved through cutting techniques using CNC machines, originally possible only by hand. Technological application studied by Maruni allows the complex shape to be mass produce now. The table, made of solid wood, reveals all its subtleties: the rectangular top, rounded on the edges, a minimum thickness, and the sinuous legs, reminiscent of the octopus tentacles
The most impressive features of the Tako table are the soft arcs of its wooden legs. Its beautiful shape is a perfect match for the Tako armchair.
The beautiful Tako armchair with dynamic curves looks as if it was carved out of wood just like a sculpture. The flow of its lines that links the backrest to the legs and the round shape of the seat gently wrap around your body
When combined, these two items can create an ambience that will give the space an even more refined look.
“I wanted to implement a three-dimensional free-form curve into a mass producible wooden chair, but not by using the traditional wood bending techniques. This chair can showcase the shape, which was earlier only possible by handcrafting it piece by piece, in solid wood. A chair that goes well with a glass of wine or a white tablecloth, is something that first came to my mind! The chair has turned out into a form like that of an octopus, so I named it "Tako". I didn't intend to actually design an octopus-like shape.”
- Naoto Fukasawa, 2020
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Experience the taste of tradition
A Japanese lifestyle retailer and a homegrown heartland bakery – What can the two possibly have in common?
The answer lies in their very core value: Illuminating wisdom and recreating beauty from past traditions into our everyday lives.
In light of recent events, essential oils have become the talk of the town. Indeed, essential oils can play a powerful role in promoting wellness - be it boosting your immune system, cleansing and purifying the air of our surrounding, or doing the tough job of helping us to relax and unwind during this stressful period. But do you know everything to harness the healing powers of these liquid gold?
It is already challenging to discern quality, natural essential oils from the plethora of options available on the market. Further, the online fervour raised by enthusiastic advertising campaigns and multilevel marketing strategies that capitalise on the recent COVID-19 situation has made it more difficult to decipher when essential oil products make a great choice for enhanced health and wellness -- and the proper ways to use them.
Using essential oils and products safely and effectively requires basic knowledge about what they are, how they work, and how they can be safely incorporated into daily life. This is because essential oils can be powerful medicine — and irresponsible use means risking overexposure, toxicity, and allergic reactions. Here is what you need to know to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy while sidestepping potential dangers.
1. Dilute, dilute, dilute.
Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. As hand sanitizers are sold out everywhere, we have seen some netizens making the erroneous claim that essential oils are readily available alternatives. This can set you up for sensitization and allergic reactions. Why is that so? The short answer is that the antiseptic and purifying qualities of essential oils are attributed to its intrinsic toxic potential, and toxicity does not discriminate between bacteria, virus and skin cell. Don't get us wrong, essential oils are considered very safe, but knowing how to use is key to harness its intrinsic benefits without all the bad stuff.
Essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil — not with water or a different non-oil-based liquid because the two will not mix. When mixing with a carrier oil, opt for jojoba or fractionated coconut oil because of their long shelf life. Avoid sweet-almond oil for long-term use as it will go rancid quickly.
2. It pays to invest.
Quality matters, and in the case of essential oils, the price almost always reflects the quality. It takes 10,000 pounds of actual rose-petal blossoms to make one pound of rose essential oil. That is expensive from a labour and raw-materials standpoint, and it is a big incentive for unethical producers who hope to lure in customers with lower price points. Some producers assume the average consumer will not possibly know if an oil has been diluted with olive oil or mixed with something else.
At atomi, we only sell natural essentials oils that are 100% pure and made in Japan so that you get the best quality and reap the most benefits from these liquid gold.
Our essential oils come in different aroma blends - and each has its own functions and benefits, depending on what you need.
3. But I Already Have Some Bottles of Essential Oils at Home. How Do I Test Its Purity?
Paying more helps safeguard against purchasing an oil that has been cut with cheaper ingredients, but what if you already have existing bottles sitting at home? The good news is that there is a simple way for you to find out the purity of an essential oil. Start by placing a drop on a piece of white paper. If there is a grease stain on the paper after 24 hours have elapsed, the oil has been diluted with a carrier oil. If it is pure, it will evaporate. You might see the faintest ring, but nothing more.
4. Don't Fall For Marketing Ploys
In light of the recent COVID-19 situation, it is indeed tempting to gravitate towards anything that carries the label "medical grade" or "clinical grade" as we usually associate these with "top quality" in the market. The bad news is, these labels are often nothing more than a marketing ploy. There is no authority administering the issuance of these labels, and they do not have any meaning regarding quality assessment.
5. I Want to Use My Essential Oils with a Diffuser. But There Are So Many!
Yes, we agree that the variation of diffusers on the market is 10000 too many. This is due to the fact that there are numerous methods of diffusing essential oils and many essential oil diffusers available to choose from. They range from very inexpensive to quite expensive; they also range from very effective to completely ineffective.
We have summarized the essential points that you need to know to get the right diffuser. Knowledge is power and when it concerns the power of essential oils, the more you know, the healthier you can be.
There are 4 main types of essential oil diffusers on the market:
- Evaporative Diffusers
- These models usually use a small fan that blows air past the oil, causing it to evaporate at a faster rate than normal.
- As the essential oil evaporates, the lighter components will disperse faster than heavier components, making it difficult to get the complete benefits of the oils. Evaporative essential oil diffusers are typically the least expensive and are good for those who just want a burst of freshness on occasion.
- Heat Diffusers
- These diffusers work in the same way as evaporative diffusers that use a fan to release the essential oils, but they use heat instead. They are relatively inexpensive and quiet, but they can change the chemical composition of your oils when they are heated.
- Ultrasonic or Humidifying Diffusers
- These diffusers use electronic frequencies to create ultrasonic vibrations that break up the molecules for distribution. As they use a mixture of water and essential oil, you will be diluting the potency of the essential oil upon use.
- Because essential oil is corrosive to plastic, you need to clean your ultrasonic or humidifying diffuser regularly to keep it running smoothly.
- Nebulizing Diffusers, like our made-in-japan Aroma Essential Air Diffuser
- Nebulizing diffusers are often seen as the best type of diffusers for many reasons.
- They do not require heat, water, and contain no plastic.
- It works by using pressurized air and oil - a stream of air blows across a small tube, creating a vacuum that draws the oil to the surface of the tube where it is blown away in a fine mist. Many of them can be used with timers that can be set for a burst of essence at just the right moment, but you might just choose to fill it and forget it.
- Perhaps even more important than the ease-of-use is the way that nebulizing diffusers distribute the product evenly and completely adjustable. For those who use essential oils for their physical and mental health and wellbeing, or those who practice aromatherapy, this is the type of essential oil diffuser to purchase because it can put a large amount of oil into the air when you need it the most.