Chikae is a Japanese/American, London-based artist/photographer and the creator of Hikarui. She believes that by curating our surroundings with intentional design, mindfulness and simplicity we elevate our overall well-being.
How it all started
In 2015, Chikae decluttered her home after her mom gave her the book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying" by Marie Kondo. She discovered that the majority of her stress stemmed from materialistic clutter. This was life-changing. With all the extra space Chikae had created in her home, she felt a sense of clarity and focus for the first time in her life.
She began to wonder, “what if I was left only with the essentials, and those essentials were of the highest quality, beautifully designed, purposeful whilst remaining an extension of me?”.
3 months, 1 suitcase
To fully immerse herself in this newfound philosophy, Chikae decided to live in Japan for three months to reconnect with her cultural heritage and to discover what would happen if she lived with less. She packed only one large suitcase and a carry-on and lived out of a studio apartment with only her essentials. She discovered that by having only the things she cherished and practical pieces with her, she began to feel much happier and worry less. She became more intentional about purchases, allowing her to spend more time with friends, and invest in experiences and hand-crafted one-off pieces rather than materialistic objects that brought her temporary happiness.
Better work-life balance
This led to her decision to take half a year off for herself to be still and to allow all chaos to settle to gain a better understanding of how to have a better work/life balance. Slowing down for the first time in 6 years, she gained clarity about the direction of her business and her lifestyle choices moving forward.