Jin Kuramoto adds furniture to Matsuso T range

Jin Kuramoto adds maple furniture to Matsuso T range

Cologne 2015: Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto has launched two collections of wooden furniture under his own brand Matsuso T (+ slideshow).

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

Jin Kuramoto has added the Sally chair and table, and the Molly shelving to the range offered by his Matsuso T furniture brand, which he launched last year.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

Working with Japanese craftsmen that still use traditional carpentry techniques, the designer has created the new maple products to demonstrate these skills.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

The first is a simple chair that features a gently curved seat. Its angled front legs extend up to support a rounded back rest, secured in place by two black screws on each side.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

The two back legs point out in the opposite direction, braced with small joists positioned just below the seat.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

"With the Sally chair, we have finally succeeded in producing a really strong structure with minimum parts," said Kuramoto.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

A four-legged table with a circular top is made from the same wood and constructed with pairs of matching black fastenings.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

The designer has also created a modular shelving system based around a square grid of compartments.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

Sections of the wooden shelves and stands are covered by upholstered doors, which hide some of the legs.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

"The Molly shelf series has an unusual expression stemming from the contrast between crisp, right-angled wood joints of the structure and generous, fabric-covered surfaces," Kuramoto said.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

Dark-coloured boards are placed onto the back of the units, offset from the vertical elements.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

Molly is available in a variety of sizes and configurations, some large enough to act as room dividers.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

Both designs were unveiled at the imm Cologne trade fair earlier this month, where Matsuso T also debuted a collection of stripy wooden furniture by Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Jin Kuramoto Studio for Matsuso T

Last year the brand showed a range of pentagonal furniture, also by Claesson Koivisto Rune, as well as Kuramoto's own designs at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Photography is by Takumi Ota.