Shimamoto Sekizai Kogyo
Founded in 1919, the company’s primary business is the production of grave stones, the main use of Aji stone. In addition to their expert skill and eye, they emphasize stone polishing to lend the finished product a unique gloss and countenance. The company also produced a chair designed by Jasper Morrison for the Kamado Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka.
Leon Ransmeier established Ransmeier Inc. in New York in 2010. The consistent practicality of his design skills is apparent in products he has produced for the likes of Herman Miller, Mattiazzi, and HAY.
Born in Tokyo in 1980. He studied furniture design at
Lahti Polytechnic (2001-2004 BA), and University of Art
and Design Helsinki (Aalto University) for Postgraduate
studies (2005-2008 MA). After coming back to Japan,
he started working as an assistant designer for British
Product Designer Jasper Morrison in Tokyo from 2008.
Besides this, he set up his own design office "kumano" in
2011, and is working on interior, furniture, product design and project management.