Tomo Kimura, Ja­pan

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Tokyo-born prod­uct de­signer Tomo Kimura’s cre­ations are a flaw­less blend of Ja­pan’s min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic and fine Ital­ian ar­ti­san­ship – spiked with an un­con­ven­tional spirit. The 43-yearold grad­u­ated with a de­gree in hu­man sciences, but sub­se­quently spent more than a decade in Italy where he nursed his love for de­sign. There, he achieved a di­ploma in in­te­rior de­sign from Ac­cademia Cap­piello in 2002 and a di­ploma in prod­uct de­sign from Isti­tuto Europeo di De­sign in 2009. In Turin, he worked with ad­ver­tis­ing and de­sign stu­dios, restor­ing mod­ern an­tique fur­ni­ture such as a 1956 Au­gusto Bozzi chair, and de­vel­op­ing his own projects.

His most no­table cre­ation is per­haps Twitty, a door han­dle that was one of the win­ning en­tries for the ‘hands on door han­dles’ com­pe­ti­tion jointly or­gan­ised by De­sign­boom and Italy’s Colombo De­sign in 2011. Crafted in the shape of a perch­ing bird, the han­dle was made through a complex an­cient tech­nique of cast­ing molten me­tal in­side a damp clay sand mould.

Kimura re­turned to Ja­pan three years ago, where he now holds a day job at a com­pany spe­cial­is­ing in engi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing ground, marine, and aero­space ve­hi­cles. How­ever, he con­tin­ues to hone his craft, cre­at­ing min­i­mal­ist mas­ter­pieces such as the Float­ing Oak Con­sole Ta­ble and the ORCA end­less mod­u­lar­ity ta­ble.

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