Creating beautiful homes with Masanori Oji and Futagami


Futagami and Mansanori Oji

A few months ago a friend of mine had a beautiful new kitchen installed. Gorgeous handmade wooden doors with a simple shaker Plain English design. Upon returning home my first thoughts were to look at my 8 year old kitchen and fret that soon i would need to replace it with something more modern. Thankfully that thought process lasted for only a few minutes as I was able to recognise that although my kitchen wasn't brand new it was beautiful, clean and functional. And for me that is all that matters. 

I've mentioned before that I'm all about the detail and finding those special pieces that transform a space into something really special. I believe that my kitchen today has those details and when it is tidy, which is most of the time I absolutely love it. I started with a beautiful white space with brass elements and over the years have added simple items to enhance its beauty. One of my favourite pieces has been the addition of a Futagami brass trivet. I see it as a functional piece of art that is as utilitarian as it is beautiful. Recently I have added to my Futagami collection by ordering the brass knife block. It is due to arrive any day now and I'm super excited. I had been looking at my old Global knife block for sometime grumbling about how it just didn't quite fit. So that will be going on eBay over the coming weeks. 

Masanori Oji is a Japanese designer who founded his design studio Oji & Design in 2004 after working as both an architect and graphic designer for many years. He designs beautiful everyday functional items that are minimalist in design and increadibly elegant in their simplicity.  Over the years he has collaborated with a variety of craftsmen, but I first discovered Oji following his collaboration with Futagami.

Futagami is one of Japans oldest metal manufacturers. Founded in the city of Takaoka in 1897, until recently they specialized in the manufacture of Buddhist alter fittings and statuary. Masanori Oji was interested in designing a brass bottle opener, so joined a workshop at Futagami to learn more about the process of brass casting. Upon completion, he proposed to design a range of livingware for Futagami and a beautiful collaboration was born. Oji has a way of finding a unique beauty in materials and expressing it in simple forms. Below are some of my favourite pieces of which a few can be purchased in the UK from TwentyTwentyOne and The Polygon Shop.

 

Futagami and Mansanori Oji

Masanori Oji is a Japanese designer who founded his design studio Oji & Design in 2004 after working as both an architect and graphic designer for many years. He designs beautiful everyday functional items that are minimalist in design and increadibly elegant in their simplicity.  Over the years he has collaborated with a variety of craftsmen, but I first discovered Oji following his collaboration with Futagami.

Futagami is one of Japans oldest metal manufacturers. Founded in the city of Takaoka in 1897, until recently they specialized in the manufacture of Buddhist alter fittings and statuary. Masanori Oji was interested in designing a brass bottle opener, so joined a workshop at Futagami to learn more about the process of brass casting. Upon completion, he proposed to design a range of livingware for Futagami and a beautiful collaboration was born. Oji has a way of finding a unique beauty in materials and expressing it in simple forms. Below are some of my favourite pieces of which a few can be purchased in the UK from TwentyTwentyOne and The Polygon Shop.


Futagami and Mansanori Oji
Futagami and Mansanori Oji
Futagami and Mansanori Oji
Futagami and Mansanori Oji
Futagami and Mansanori Oji
Futagami and Mansanori Oji
Futagami and Mansanori Oji