Keiji Takeuchi is a furniture and industrial designer with a truly global outlook. Japanese-born, Milan-based, New Zealand-bred and Paris-educated, his work transcends any culture or language, characterised by its purity and the absence of superfluous elements where he sees simplicity as the path to sophistication.
Our instinctive way of interacting with objects is an ongoing source of fascination for Takeuchi. Our personal relationship with products. How we connect with them and how they enhance our lives. It all reflects an ethos that design should evoke emotions and instill a sense of happiness.
Takeuchi seeks the essentiality of things in designs that have a presence. He often uses the term “living objects” to describe his work, referencing designs with an extra dimension that adds to the atmosphere.
“ I try to find the simplest way to share happiness in our everyday lives. The term craft is a result of our relationship with things, where we establish emotional dialogues with products. ”
A shared love of wood and craftsmanship
Fredericia and Takeuchi began their design collaboration in 2020, resulting in the creation of the Pal side table. Designed as a solid wood serving tray and elevated by a delicate steel stem, the outcome was a piece of furniture stripped to the essentials yet strong in character.
The connection tact between Takeuchi and Fredericia Furniture was initiated by British designer Jasper Morrison, who introduced the Japanese designer to the family behind the Danish design brand known for its bold yet sophisticated wood craftsmanship. A close partnership was forged driven by their shared interest in high-quality materials, functionality, and aesthetic design.
"Both Danish and Japanese cultures believe that the true richness of a design is found in the ambience and warmth it creates, which go beyond aesthetics and functionality. Such subtle nuances are invisible but somehow noticeable. We seem to share and notice such values in each other." - Keiji Takeuchi