Inspired by 19th and 20th century English, French and American lighting fixtures, Charles Edward's in England, is considered one of the leading lighting designers and manufacturers. I never miss an opportunity to visit their shops. Their beautiful advertisements in decorating magazines always stop me in my tracks.
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Futagami is one of the oldest brass casting companies in Japan and can be traced back more than 100 years in Takaoka City. I can't get enough of their collaboration with Japanese product designer Oji Masanori, which came about after Masanori wanted to create a brass bottle opener and took a workshop at Fugamati.
The partnership started with just a few pieces but has grown over the years and the results are stunning. Masanori uses sand-casting to create an interplay of faceted ridges that will only look better with the patina of age. Ranging from large pieces like lights and glasses to smaller additions like a bottle opener or a letter tray, each piece is exceedingly elegant. I particularly love the crescent-shaped bottle openers, pendant lights, and desk accessories (above).
As of now, it seems the only place to buy the pieces is via Futagami's website (which is primarily in Japanese) -- so I suppose I'll have to wait until my travels take me there.
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting designer Michael S Smith and he gave me a copy of his latest book, Michael S Smith Kitchens and Baths published by Rizzoli. Page after page are filled with jaw dropping inspiration that every home can benefit from!