The art of wabi-sabi.
Since 1866 the Matsuoka family has been producing handcrafted furniture on the Japanese Island of Honshu. Following the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi, the aesthetic that beauty is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, they have celebrated the understated and stripped away non-essential elements.
Made from exotic timbers, stone, or metal with a simplicity of form and subdued colour, their design also uses textural contrast: smooth against rough, light against dark, matte against gloss.
A collaboration with Australian designer, Christian Lyon, interweaves Eastern sensibilities with a Western influence, highlighting crafts such as marquetry, parquetry and inlay. New collections by American designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy further broaden Matsuoka's international appeal.