KITAWORKS “Glass Cabinet”

〈KITAWORKS〉, based in Okayama, Japan, produces furniture featuring different combinations of metals. Their first exhibition will be held at OVER THE COUNTER in Tokyo from April 29th and at HIN in Kyoto from May 20th. The characteristic essence of Kitaworks lies in their advanced welding techniques, and this is on full display in the brass and glass cabinets and a selection of custom-made blue-toned pieces that were created especially for this exhibition.

〈KITAWORKS〉, based in Okayama, Japan, produces furniture featuring different combinations of metals. Their first exhibition will be held at OVER THE COUNTER in Tokyo from April 29th and at HIN in Kyoto from May 20th. The characteristic essence of Kitaworks lies in their advanced welding techniques, and this is on full display in the brass and glass cabinets and a selection of custom-made blue-toned pieces that were created especially for this exhibition.

In Tsuyama City, located in the northern part of Okayama, lies a large welding factory with a 40-year history. It is at this location, inherited from his father, that Takashi Kita has continued to make various types of furniture for 10 years. From an early age, he grew up watching the factory in operation and the welding of iron, and he naturally began creating works using iron. He eventually came to make furniture that combines iron and wood, and he is now involved in working with a wider range of materials and on projects to meet housing and retail demands.

The aging in brass is unique, and there is a different beauty from that of wood and iron. “Brass is the closest material to wood among metals in the sense that with brass, new expressions emerge over time,” says Kita. He continued his research on brass materials, which are much more difficult to weld than iron, and completed a brass cabinet with delicate features, a distinct rarity. The cabinet is also equipped with an original key lock with a unique structure. This cabinet combines aesthetic beauty and functionality in a piece that fits practically into our daily lives.

This exhibition/sales event introduces Kitaworks standard brass and iron furniture available for pre-order. Custom-sized cabinets featuring Kitaworks’ new blue tone made specifically for this event, lighting, side tables, and new styles of stools will be on display. The cabinets may be customized according to your needs, including semi-ordered sizes and color variations from available samples. This is the first exhibition of Kitaworks in Tokyo, and Takashi Kita will also be at the shop to attend to you directly on April 29th. We welcome you to this special event to meet the designer in person.

INFORMATION

  • TITLE
    KITAWORKS “Glass Cabinet”
  • TOKYO
    OVER THE COUNTER
    April 29th (Fri.) ~ May 15th (Sun.) / 11:00 – 19:00
    Creator will be present:April 29th (Fri.)
    ※Tuesday is a weekly holiday.
  • KYOTO
    HIN / Arts & Science, Nijodori Kyoto
    May 20th (Fri.) ~ June 6th (Sun.) / 11:00 – 19:00
    ※Tuesday is a weekly holiday.
  • NOTE
    Both shops will be closed the day before the launch (April 28th /May 19th) due to exhibit installation.
  • PROFILE
    The history of Kitaworks dates back to 1978 with the founding of Kita Welding Industry, a community-based factory in the town of Tsuyama-shi in Okayama prefecture. The company was renamed Kitaworks in 2009 and continues its more than forty-year tradition of producing custom-made furniture using welding techniques. The pieces are made with a range of metals, including iron, stainless steel, copper, and brass, and are specially designed to function seamlessly with existing furniture and in the spaces where they will be enjoyed. Kitaworks also designs and manufactures furniture for retail spaces.
    www.kita-works.com
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