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Mitz Takahashi

A Japanese designer crafting mid-century style furniture from recycled and salvaged wood

by Mike Giles in Design on 14 September 2011

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Montreal-based woodworker Mitz Takahashi upcycles wooden offcuts into unique, modern designs. Working by hand with mostly reclaimed lumber like mahogany, walnut, oak and other found materials, Osaka-born Takahashi spends his days tooling around creating works based on his favorite elements of mid-century design.

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Working mainly on a commission basis, Takahashi crafts everything from bookshelves to guitar amps, and attempts to minimize even more waste by packing flat his designs when possible. His keen eye for harmoniously blending various types of wood keeps his furniture feeling cohesively pieced together, and the smooth finishes breathe new life into each design.

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Takahashi's sustainable style isn't always serious. He recently created a small product line of humorous gifts like his "medieval assholes" coaster set, which showcases his ability to poke fun as well as his fine crafting skills.

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For more information on Takahashi and his inspired designs, check out his site or contact him directly for commissions or sales inquiries.

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