The culture and design sensibilities of Japan - honesty of materials, minimalism, care, connection to nature and the changing seasons- are guiding principles for the work of Tennen Studio. Green tea and incense have been constant in the office culture and personal life of Sarah and Ethan.
Frustrated by not only the function, but also the aesthetics of incense burners, Ethan and Sarah began sketching and making burners for their own use. This eventually led to pushing forward a line of incense burners for stick incense, with a patented holder for the sticks, as well as burners for spiral and cone incense. Tennen developed a line of pure authentic Japanese incense with a company in Kyoto, Japan with the first series inspired by the Sonoran Desert.
The incense burners and incense were the catalyst for formally establishing Tennen, separate from the architectural work of Tennen Studio, as a lifestyle product company. Tennen allows the inspiration of Japan, the spirit of the desert, the genuine love and awareness of living to come together and be shared, beyond the private architectural work of Tennen Studio. Additional lines are in the development stage.