There are certain methods that craftsmen use that can completely blow your mind. Today’s maker Hiroyuki Mori is based in Tokushima, Japan and is using one of them. He specialises in the technique of ‘Tsukiita’ that requires the use of thin, paper-like sheets of wood that are then bonde
I’ve always been fascinated by designers who can take an ordinary object and turn it into something that’s visually different but still appealing. Design firm Dowel Jones has made this their mission and one they are still pursuing through their wonderful range of chairs, including bar st
I’m fascinated by those makers who are able to craft not only functional pieces using high quality materials, but also somehow incorporate a unique character that makes their work very distinct. Kyoko Tani of Nagano-based woodworking studio ‘KUKU’ is one of those craftsmen. Her work takes
It’s always exciting when craft and design meet and pair so well. Especially when you know such modern forms are being created using high quality materials. All the key ingredients needed to produce objects that will stand the test of time. Coming across the Iwata Woodworking workshop based Hirosh
Functional design can sometimes be limiting in the fact that there’s only so much play in the shape of an object. Take bowls or plates as an example, it’s going be hard to break the mould and create a form that actually outside of the function that’s set in our mind. That’s w
Looking through Russian manufacturer Prolli’s portfolio it’s interesting to see the eclectic mix of furniture running throughout. Situated in Moscow, Polli is producing a variety of simple forms contrasting with some abstract styles dedicated to the centenary of the Bauhaus. Certainly st
Siki Furniture, a factory based in the city of Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture, was one that I came across on my travels and I was blown away by the design style and their strong focus on handicraft.
Kalon is a furniture brand founded in 2007 by Michaele Simmering and Johannes Pauwen with their focus revolving around functional forms using natural materials that are sure to stand the test of time.
Mokkou Yamagen, headed by craftsmen Genki and Mizuki Nishiyama, really are artists at stripping back any unnecessary elements and letting the beauty of the wood shine through.
Montreal based designer Loïc Bard has taken it upon himself to experiment with shape starting with freely drawn sketches that are then carved out of wood directly and testing them in real life.
Andreu Carulla, a Spanish designer, is looking to explore materials and "old-school" techniques which has led him to adapt his Bernardes Collection design for the Japanese market.
Antrei Hartikainen is a young woodworker and designer from Finland who has collaborated with POIAT to produce a collection of furniture that is both functional and artistic in nature.