Furniture Design by Mikiya Kobayashi

Furniture Design by Mikiya Kobayashi

Wow, what an exciting array of product and furniture design by Tokyo born creative Mikiya Kobayashi. I stumbled in to his work via the chii furniture website, and I admired his simplistic approach to seating solutions, often using only necessary elements with not much adornment. Obviously, one thing leads to another and I had to check out his portfolio page, this is what really grabbed me and made we want to showcase a …

Furniture and Functional Objects by TEORI

Furniture and Functional Objects by TEORI

It was a nice surprise to find this Japanese company named TEORI this week, they’re producing some superb items that also have a nice story and concept behind them. TEORI was founded in 1998 as a manufacturer of wood products in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. They specialise in making modern design objects out of bamboo, an eco-friendly material that grows much quicker than wood. Not only that, it’s also very …

Lacquer Boxes & Vessels Designed by Oji Masanori for Wajima Kirimoto

Lacquer Boxes & Vessels Designed by Oji Masanori for Wajima Kirimoto

Japanese designer Oji Masanori has been of major interest for many years now, he mainly designs ‘living’ products, this includes furniture and other smaller goods for the household. One of his most popular series was that designed for metal casting company FUTAGAMI, he made a selection of goods such as a small set of office trays, paperweights and a few pieces of kitchenware …

Wooden Furniture and Furnishings by Nikari

Wooden Furniture and Furnishings by Nikari

Nikari aren’t a company that I’ve really come across before, which is quite embarrassing considering they were founded in 1967 and have been producing quality furniture for many years. It’s particular distressing because the furniture is up there with some of the best I’ve seen to date, and I had a great time browsing their website which I feel suits my own ideology and thought processes as a designer. The workshop itself was set-up by …

Domo de Argila by Artist Andy Goldsworthy

Domo de Argila by Artist Andy Goldsworthy

This short film on artist Andy Goldsworthy seriously caught my attention yesterday, possibly because it brings back memories of ‘Rivers and Tides’, a documentary portrait of Andy Goldsworthy by Thomas Riedelsheimer made over ten years ago. You should 100% watch the trailer to the film on youtube if you get a chance, I was mesmerised by his patience and how he pushes his work right to the edge, often to the point of collapse. If you …

Furniture from the Elijah Leed Studio

Furniture from the Elijah Leed Studio

I bumped in to the studio of Elijah Leed last week and I was pleasently surprised with my findings, as initially I didn’t set out to discover a furniture designer of any sort. So it was not only great to see some simplistic forms, I also liked the idea that all of these were made out of reclaimed materials. I think this takes the design process to a whole new level when you have to use what’s already around you. In some ways you have boundaries, and in …

Innovative Wooden Vessels and Shapes by Shimoo Design

Innovative Wooden Vessels and Shapes by Shimoo Design

A selection of functional but sculptural looking objects by Japanese studio Shimoo Design, who mainly specialise in making handcrafted furniture. Shimoo was founded in Toyama Prefecture in 1997 by husband and wife duo Kazuhiko and Saori Shimoo. They’ve been experimenting with a variety of different forms and shapes since, particularly at a smaller scale which is always nice to see. It …

Architecture and Furniture by Alejandro Sticotti

Architecture and Furniture by Alejandro Sticotti

Ever since I discovered Alejandro Sticotti, a leading residential architect and furniture designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I’ve really been fascinated by his work. He studied architecture at the University of Buenos Aires before establishing his own line of furniture, NET, twenty-five years ago. Ever since the beginning, Alejandro has expressed his preference for simple lines and their affinity with the funcionalist ideology. For him …

Short Film on Bryan Nash Gill

Short Film on Bryan Nash Gill

I’d like to turn our collective attention now to an American sculptor who has altered his medium of creativity and found heart in the art of printmaking, not through illustrations of his own but that of the natural world with an ongoing series of woodcuts from a great diversity of tree species. The individual I’m referring to is Connecticut born and based Bryan Nash Gill who’s works document the life and growth of one of the worlds oldest living …

Wood in Progress by Ernst Gamperl

Wood in Progress by Ernst Gamperl

Ernst Gamperl is a bit of a legend in the craft circles, I’m surprised we haven’t talked about him before because his wooden forms are spectacular to say the least. It seems like a good time to visit his works and showcase some exciting shapes that might get you all inspired, it certainly had me intrigued. I personally felt bringing over photos of his work in a singular fashion could of been one dimensional, so I put together a selection from …