Master Of All Trades
Just moments away from his first studio in a western suburb of Tokyo, multidisciplinary designer Makoto Koizumi stumbled upon an abandoned shoe workshop that was in dire need of the careful and detailed attention he is so known for. Peeking out from behind a beautiful old cherry tree, this 1950s building has now been modernised with large windows and sleek charcoal-grey walls to become home to Koizumi’s second studio, exhibiting a range of utensils, tableware, and other modest necessities, while his older space is now a dedicated showroom for larger pieces.
Koizumi trained in woodwork and that much is evident when you set eyes on the studio’s warm cedarwood interior, but the utensils which have been delicately arranged on a backlit grid of shelves are also made from iron, enamel and bamboo. Products vary between pots, knives and cutting boards, to furniture and stationery, but perhaps his best-known design is Kaico, a line of elegantly minimalist kitchenware including the popular white enamel kettle with dark blue interior and wooden handle, made by local craftsmen using the age-old Mie method. Koizumi is renowned in Japan as a ‘lifestyle designer’, meaning that his portfolio ranges from small functional items to large architectural projects and interior design, so whatever you’re in need of for the home, Studio Koizumi can surely help. Do itashimashite!