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Toko Okuda, 2015 January 2nd, Barcelona

 
 

[ CONCEPT ]

Miracles of Craftsmenship

Now labeled “works of art”, medieval masters once produced exquisitely beautiful furnishings and goods for their queens and kings. Devoting endless care and attention, they poured their lives into creating little treasures.

We can well imagine that such craftsmanship and care could be found in household objects and personal belongings in the Middle Ages even if not produced especially for royalty or aristocracy.

Museums and private collectors highly value works of a tour de force of craftsmanship which they preserve and regard as a priceless cultural craft heritage.

At the same time, our living craft heritage, represented by honourable masters and their apprentices, seems to be facing natural extinction, even though they still preserve their authentic technic and originality with effort in today’s industry. Although they might not clamor for attention or complain about their plight, they deserve as much careful protection as do our endangered animals and our beleaguered natural environments, and as do our colourful world with various cultures.

The crisis of traditional crafts is not new. It has unfolded over many decades or more than a century. The lives of craftsmen and of working people might have always been filled with hardship and difficulties, but it can be questioned if they have ever faced tougher circumstances than they do in our age.
Medieval artisans certainly would have felt a sacred pride, different from what we can find in ourselves, knowing that they could focus much more on bringing out the beauty of any products on which they worked. In premodern times, hereditary artisans might well have welcomed their stations in life as honorable occupations with the unique paths that lead into their innermost souls. Their fate would have been too natural to regard as enemy or ally.
Moreover, many master artisans managed their own workshops as rich business owners, and enjoyed high social status.

We present a series of furniture named “CATS DREAM OF DUKE ZHOU” inspired by and dedicated to the master artisans and artists of medieval times, their ideals, and their achievements.

 

 

 

We have been blessed with craftsmen and factories representing Spain and Japan, you can see their graceful workmanship throughout the wood and metal components.

The mosaic board represents the unique contributions of Maestro Shinichi Mizushina from Japan. He is the only person in the world can match the beauty and perfection of his mosaic board, with the majestic finishing techniques of his own invention.

If he retired, we would have no choice but to abandon production of this series of furniture. No one else can produce this woodwork — unless there is someone who can inherit not just his techniques but also his vision and creativity which underlies them.

In this sense, his contribution represents more than just a fortuitous encounter: truly it constitutes once-in-a-million opportunity.

 

 

Grown Up Furniture, A Playful Touch

A center table for people who like to drink whisky watching a movie on a couch or sofa.

It is practical and sensual, but quiet in a non-obtrusive way.

It presents refined metaphors as a piece of contemporary art as well as the rich flavor of beautifully intricate craftsmanship as in, for example, the delicate work on the back side of the top board, or in the trays placed on the table. Even after much use it provides inexhaustible discoveries, exclusive crafts furniture, fine materials, with simple and elegant design as Art Deco.

 

 

[ THE DESIGN ]

The dazzling mosaic table top makes the most of the natural wood grain, with its unique finish of exquisite colour. The elaborate metal frame is also remarkable. Its impressive colour, the blackish shade on sulphurated brass, results from an exclusive multi-step process requiring the work of highly skilled craftspersons.

The three colour gradations on the x-stretcher reflect a unique combination of burnished brass, satin copper, and burnished copper. This effect is achieved by once giving a proper copper plating on brass bars, which is then partially removed to half its thickness in certain areas, and removed completely in other areas.

Note also the fine cloisonné application on the legs of the table, which have silver leaves laid inside on the bottom in order to obtain a rich, adumbrated and full-toned colour.

 

 

 

[ MATERIAL ]

< Frames >

“PLATILI The Black Cat” (frame colour: sulphurated brass black)

Metal:Brass, 2mm and 3mm bars.

Copper plating, sulphidation, polish(satin, mirror, gradation), black paint, varnish

Cloisonné:enamel, silver leaves, 2mm cooper board

“AMESHA SPANDA The Red Cat” (frame colour: shiny copper red)

Metal:Brass, 2mm and 3mm bars.

Copper plating, sulphidation, polish(satin, mirror), black paint, varnish

Cloisonné:enamel, silver leaves, 2mm cooper board

< Top board >

Wood:Paulowina tomentosa(Princess Tree), Urushi, Tonoko(mineral powder),Water repellent coating

[ SIZE ]

W 1208
D 436
H 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our “Cats” series volume.2 is a square dinning table. And it is called ” L’ÀVIA FORTITA”.This is a simple square table with a drower for cutleries on each side.

It is made only with the special mosaic wood board, handmade by Maestro, Mr. Shinichi Mizushina.

This table would be a very limited edition for this mosaic board technic. There is no person in the world who can make it with such a perfection, except for Mr.Mizushina. And he does not have anyone to take over his work.

This has been happened ever in modern world. But we are standing for our beautiful artisan world.

Handmade by Shinichi Mizushina (AOKI Tansuten)
Designed & Produced by Toko Okuda

Maestro. Shinichi Mizushina for AOKI Tansuten

Two cutlery drawers are in each side of the table.

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Our new furniture has been just born in Barcelona, half Japanese and half Spanish.

It will be the first item of a big series of furniture family named Cats.

It is a center table to put in front of your sofa, and to drink a glass of whisky watching a movie at night, made of a very beautiful wood mosaic board and metal decorated with cloisonne pieces.

The top board of the table has an amazing pattern with a slight depth which is smooth like an embossed leather. And it is framed with brass hand finished by skilful craftsmen and artists. The legs of table are covered with cloisonne pieces on its top.

And there are more finer decoration with metal lines on the back side of the top board, which is to be seen only by your notice.

You can chose a frame colour from copper red called Gat Vermell AMESHA SPANDA or sulphuretted black Gat Negre PLATILI.

Handmade by IBERPLATA Estil S.L, AOKI Tansuten,and Toko
Supported & technical advised by Jean-Françoi DEHAY
Designed & produced by Toko Okuda

七宝焼をあしらったテーブルの足
Table leg decorated with cloisonne
La pota de la taula decorada amb esmalt

木と金属
Wood+Metal
Fusta+Metall

焼き桐のモザイク
Mosaics of burned Paulownia tomentosa
Mosaics de Paulownia tomentosa cremat

「赤毛のアムシャ・スパンダ 」
“Red Cat AMESHA SPANDA”
“Gat Vermell AMESHA SPANDA”

「黒猫プラティリ」
“Black Cat PLATILI”
“Gat Negre PLATILI”

プラティリの裏側にかくされた美しい装飾
Beautiful decoration hidden on the back of PLATILI
Bella decoració amagat a la part posterior de PLATILI

アムシャ・スパンダの裏側にかくされた美しい装飾
Beautiful decoration hidden on the back of AMESHA SPANDA
Bella decoració amagat a la part posterior de AMESHA SPANDA

テーブルの上に置く金属製のトレー(大きい円は真ん中で4つに分かれます)
With optional metal trays on the table (the circle is divided in four small trays)
Amb la safata de metall opcional a la taula (el cercle està dividit en quatre petites safates)

トレーの裏側は異なる色仕上げ。気分によって色を変えお楽しみいただけます
The back side of trays on the table have different colour from the front side, you can change the colour and enjoy!
La part posterior de les safates a la taula tenen un color diferent de la part frontal, pot canviar els colors i gaudir-se!

PRINCADEIRA has made own wine label of RHEINGAU RIESLING, the etiquette is deigned and drawn by Toko Okuda.

The etiquette of HAPPINESS 2008 by Toko Okuda

We have started to make our label of the finest wine of Riesling, raised in a lovely vineyard in Rhine Valley in Germany,which is the best-known area for producing high quality Riesling, and has been listed on UNESCO’s world heritage.

It is started with the vintage wine of 2008,which is produced from grapes picked in a field called ”ENGELMANNSBERG” in Hattenheim, which is situated in The Romantic Rhine.

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年2回開催されるParisのインテリア見本市Maison et Objetに行ってきました。

見本市ってわりと好きでジャンルを問わず楽しめますがやっぱり家具や素材に関係しているものは真剣になります。

パリの見本市はトレードの場所としてミラノサローネより評価が高くフランクフルトのメサゴメッセに次ぐといわれていますが、出展品目の幅が若干広すぎて会場も巨大で見るのがたいへんです。

私の最大の目的は初出展の加茂桐簞笥連盟の展示を見に行くことでしたが、ブースについたとたん連盟のみなさんには”青木さんのおっかけ”としてすでに認知されていました。

新潟の加茂市にはまだ桐簞笥屋さんが30軒もあって、その連盟で新進気鋭の若いデザイナーとコラボレートしモダンな桐ダンスも制作している活気のある街です。詳しくはこちらPAULOWNIA

みなさんとても明るくにこやかな方ばかりですがどことなくシャープであか抜けた感じがするというか、きっと極限的な美の極みに辿りつけそうな、洗練された土地柄なのだろうと感じてしまいます。なんとも魅力的な場所、と思っていたら小京都マップにものっていました。

今夜パリからバルセロナ行きの飛行機にのりますが次に飛行機の乗るときは新潟行きかもしれません。案外近いうちに一時帰国するかもしれません。

私は青木さんのファンということで、もうすこしデコラティブなタッチになると思いますが笑、巨匠のお力をお借りして、それはそれは美しいものができたらいいな。。。。と願ってやみません。

というわけでみなさまにはかわらず、ご指導、ご支援たまわりますよう、お願い申し上げます。

東子

visit Maison et Objet ; one of the biggest interior trade show in Paris

to see a japanese paulownia chest maker – – -Maestro Mr. Mizushina

It was very lucky I met his works in the last Mesago Messe in Tokyo. I was just standing for 3 hours in front of beautiful chests,looking,looking and looking….the amazing craft work.

Now I am under planing with him to make a good furniture !!

Please keep your eye on the up-coming work ♪ ; )

Toko

“青木さん”こと青木タンス店の巨匠・水信さん

屋内会場の床に穴があいて地植えされているオリーブの木。いい考え。

ミニマリズムの巨匠ミースヴァンデルローエがモットーにしていたLess is More….現代に生きるわたしたちの趣向はひとそれぞれだと思いますが、そのことばを体現しているような美しいこだわりの現場。。。って素敵ですね。

ちらかっている部屋にも興奮させられることがありますが、クリエイションの現場ではやっぱりそんなふうにきれいなのがいちばん興奮します。

そんなところで“HAKONEテーブル”の撮影をしました ♪

カフェ用6〜8人がけの設定で作ってありますが幅65㎝とダイニングテーブルよりはやや細身なので間口のせまいところに置いても便利にお使いいただけるかと思います。詳しい仕様はこちらでご確認いただけます。

HAKONE table__photo shooting

He hecho una sesión fotográfica de mis muebles ; la mesa HAKONE  ya esta!

Puede hacer cual tamaño que quiere, pero ahora tengo 2 mesas de oferta para los monitores : por el tamaño 1900 x 650 x 711 de alto (mm),con el tablero de cristal reforzado.  más imagen