Founded in 1946. At present, the company is engaged in the wholesale and retail, processing, and import/export to and from Asia, North America, and Europe of ceramic products from kilns like Hasami and Arita in the Bizen area of Kyushu. In addition, it has turned an eighty year old kiln site into a shop and gallery for daily items and interior products as a way to revitalize this region, in the hope that the beauty and appeal of Hasami-yaki ceramics, as well as the cooperative system within the region that creates them, can be passed down to the next generation. It also has branches in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Singapore, providing high quality time through ceramics to customers both in Japan and overseas.
Barber & Osgerby
Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London-based studio in 1996. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site specific installations as well as limited edition pieces and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and a £2 coin designed for the Royal Mint. They are currently working with many brands including Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Venini, and Flos. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including V&A and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2001 Barber & Osgerby established architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio and in 2012 they founded MAP, specializing in research and strategy-led design.
Research & Development: Jin Kuramoto
Designer. Born in 1976 in Hyogo Prefecture.After graduating from Kanazawa College of Art, he worked as an in-house designer for a consumer electronics company. In 2008, he built his own studio, JIN KURAMOTO STUDIO designing products such as electronics, furniture, home furnishings, while he also works in product development. He as won various awards such as the iF Design Award.