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MO Bridge Stool by Ritzwell

Ritzwell's latest furnishings reflect the "harmonious dialogue" between wood and leather

Dezeen promotion: walnut, oak and ribbons of leather combine to make the four new furniture pieces released by Japanese brand Ritzwell.

The objects unveiled by Ritzwell include a lounge chair, a stool, a bench and a desk, all of which marry the materials of wood and leather.

Rivage lounge chair by Atelier DQ for Ritzwell

Japanese studio Atelier D. Q. – which has been creating furnishings and homeware for Ritzwell over the past 20 years – created the Rivage lounge chair.

It features a simple steel frame, cushioned leather seat, and two gently sloping armrests that are designed to mimic the form of traditional temples or shrines in Japan.

These can be crafted from walnut or oakwood, helping the piece fit into a variety of living spaces.

Rivage lounge chair by Atelier DQ for Ritzwell

The remaining three pieces have been designed by Ritzwell's own creative director, Shinsaku Miyamoto, who has been with the company since 2003.

Thick strips of leather interlace across the curved wooden seat of the MT Bench, which launched during Dezeen's Virtual Design Fair.

The bench is available in two different sizes and the seat, which is supported by slim metal legs, can be made from walnut or oak. Seven different colour options are available for the metal legs and five different colour options are available for the leather banding.

Leather similarly weaves across the top of the MO Bridge Stool, which is intended to be used alongside the MO Bridge Small Desk.

The desk balances on four legs and boasts a simple wooden countertop inset with a smooth panel of leather.

MT Bench by Ritzwell at VDF products fair

The brand has deliberately designed each of the pieces with a pared-back form, in an attempt to merge a contemporary, minimalist aesthetic with the "fundamentals of Japanese philosophy".

"The minimal shapes, increasingly sophisticated materials and finishes combined with the perfection of the workmanship, and the extreme attention to detail clearly reveal the millennial mastery of the Japanese craftsmen," explained the brand, "and the translation of that knowledge into evolved technologies and a highly contemporary elegance."

"Ritzwell's creations do not respond to the fashions of the moment; rather, they speak to a renewed and deep desire for objects that can speak to the eyes and to the heart, both today and in the future."

MO Bridge Stool and MO Bridge Small Desk by Ritzwell

Ritzwell was founded in 1992 by Toshiaki Miyamoto. The company's original headquarters are situated in Fukuoka, a city on the northern coast of Japan's Kyushu island, but it also has showrooms in Tokyo and Osaka.

Last year additionally saw the brand open a new factory in Itoshima City, which has views of the nearby Genkai Sea.

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