Desk and writing set
OeO, Stellar Works and Japan Handmade
In collaboration with designers OeO and producer Stellar Works, a collective of Kyoto craftsmen has created a bespoke version of French furniture maker Laval’s writing desk with inlay fabric produced using a 1,200-year- old Japanese weaving technique. On top is a tray for writing tools in 2,000-year-old lignified Japanese cedar, two precious boxes, a writing mat in refined bamboo, an iPad sleeve in bamboo and leather, a small encrier in black porcelain, a notebook with Harlequin fabric, and an ink pen, magnifying glass and letter opener in decorative brass.
OeO is based in Copenhagen and services clients worldwide within the design, lifestyle and hospitality sectors. The company’s portfolio includes the development of the Georg Jensen brand.
Shanghai-based brand Stellar Works’ roster of designers includes vintage lines from the likes of Carlo Forcolini and Børge Mogensen, as well as contemporary Asian and Danish designers, such as Japan’s Shuwa Tei and Neri & Hu from Shanghai.
Japan Handmade is a collaboration between six traditional Kyoto-based craft companies who, between them, have hundreds of years of history and are now applying their skills to new products and markets. They are Hosoo, a textile specialist; Asahiyaki, a 400-year-old family-owned pottery; Nakagawa Mokkougei, a woodcrafting company; Kaikado, a maker of tea caddies since 1875; Kohchosai Kosuga, a bamboo workshop; and Kanaami-Tsuji, a specialised metal working concern. Their names may be unfamiliar, but their beautiful pieces speak for themselves.
Photography: Tommaso Sartori