Designers



Designers│Focused designers & architects

Max Bill

Max Bill [1908-1994]

He worked as a painter, sculptor, graphic artist and architect, and later he even worked as an industrial designer. This multi-creator also represented Bauhaus.

Cees Braakman

Cees Braakman [1917-1995]

He began his career in 1934 at Pastoe. He began creating a furniture series that melded modern designs with sleek elegance. An exhibition he held at a New York gallery in 2000 led to renewed worldwide interest in his work, making him one of the Netherlands’ best-known designers.

Daisaku Chou

Daisaku Chou [1921-2014]

After joining Sakakura Associates, Daisaku Choh worked on a number of architectural and furniture designs. In later years, he focused on re-designing his own furniture. He is one of the greatest designers with enormous influence in a Japanese field of design.

Joe Colombo

Joe Colombo [1930-1971]

During the short span of 10 years before he passed away in 1971, he left behind a great number of masterpieces, establishing him as a pioneer designer who flew through the world of Italian interior design of 60s like a comet.

Robin Day

Robin Day [1915-2010]

Established a design office, mainly for graphics and industrial design, with his wife, Lucienne Day, a textile designer in 1948. He is one of the most significant designers in U.K. who spread popular modern design to the world.

Egon Eiermann

Egon Eiermann [1904-1970]

Worked in the worlds of architecture and design in post-war Germany, he was the most influential architect in the history of German design. He is also known as the German version of Charles Eames.

Shosaku Kondo

Shosaku Kondo [1927- ]

Born in Niigata Prefecture in 1927, he is the leading person who created lighting using bamboo. Incorporating the ideas of industrial design, his works which utilize on the characteristics of the materials have a large influence of modern craft design. As a designer, craft artist, and artisan he has received high praise both at home and abroad.

Aldo Londi

Aldo Londi [1911-2003]

As one of the most famous Italian ceramics designer, he left behind a truly enormous number of works before he passed away at the age of 92. Ettore Sottsass studied ceramics creation and learned a lot under Londi's tutelage.

Angelo Mangiarotti

Angelo Mangiarotti [1921-2012]

He was involved in a wide range of projects including architecture, sculpting and products. His design works, which were created utilizing the features of their materials to the fullest, have won many awards in Europe.

Yki Nummi

Yki Nummi [1925-1984]

He left behind many contributions for the future world of lighting design such as 'Skyflyer', his representative work, which was nominated three times at the Triennale di Milano.

Lisa Johansson-Pape

Lisa Johansson-Pape [1907-1989]

She is one of the most famous lighting designers in Northern Europe, and she was a founder member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Finland. Her works have authentic beauty as well as functionality, and they are loved by many homes in her country until today.

Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin [1927-2009]

He is one of France's most famous designers in the 60s and 70s. His works include furniture design such as the 'Ribbon Chair' and the 'Tongue Chair' as well as designing interior decorations at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

Roger Tallon

Roger Tallon [1929-2011]

He worked as an industrial designer for well-known company such as Frigidaire, Peugeot, Teleavia, LIP watchmakers, SNCF, and more. As one of the forerunners of French industrial design, he has worked on numerous projects in various fields, ranging from TGV to home appliances, furniture, and dining ware.

Torafu Architects

Torafu Architects 

Founded in 2004 by Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro, they employ a working approach based on architectural thinking. Works by the duo include a diverse range of projects such as architectural design, interior design, product design and etc.

Riki Watanabe

Riki Watanabe [1911-2013]

He is one of the pioneers of post-war Japanese design who brought innovation with his design of furniture including his maiden work 'String Chair' and 'Torii Stool', as well as with his clock such as 'Pole Clock'.

 

Original Products│Original products from METROCS and n-crafts

F031 Desk

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

F031 Desk

Pierre Paulin [1953]

The desk features a minimal design that focuses on functionality as opposed to his sculptural designs which symbolized since 1960s. It is long-awaited product since METROCS acquired the production and sales rights in 2003.

F061 Sideboard

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

F061 Sideboard

Pierre Paulin [1958]

The sideboard has minimal design that focuses on functionality. It features enough storage space to hold even art large books. It can be used in conjunction with the F031 Desk to create a comfortable office space.

F181 Drawer Table

Photo Yosuke Owashi, Styling Masato Kawai, Cooperation Flos Japan, YellowKorner Japan

F181 Drawer Table

Pierre Paulin [1953]

A drawer table designed by Pierre Paulin. Made to match the F031 desk and F061 sideboard. Makes a perfect bedside or couch-side table.

CM231 Chair

Photo Yosuke Owashi, Styling Masato Kawai

CM231 Chair

Pierre Paulin [1956]

A desk chair designed by Pierre Paulin. With its easily adjustable height and casters, it combines functionality and elegance in one. Greatly matches with the F031 desk.

Max Bill Rug

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata, Cooperation Royal Furniture Collection

Graphic Rug

Max Bill [1946-1970]

A rug based on graphic art born from Max Bill's mathematical concept is commercialized with the supervision of the max, binia + jakob bill foundation. It is available in two different materials: wool and acrylic. Both types use domestically-spun thread, and are hand-made by craftsmen one by one.

Variation1,12

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Variation1, 12

Max Bill [1935-1938]

These are art pieces created around the themes of 'continuity', 'development' and 'invention' from an original drawing by Max Bill. Certified by the max, binia + jakob bill foundation, these posters faithfully reproduce the original lithograph colors in 2007.

Junior

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata, Cooperation Studio Noi

Junior

Angelo Mangiarotti [1966]

The Junior Series, completed by fitting plywood parts with slits, was created from Mangiarotti's great knowledge of structure and materials. Simple, but not common, Minimal, but not characterless, Dry and non-decorative, but not emotionless. They are truly exemplary pieces of furniture.

Acapulco

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Acapulco Chair

METROCS [2010-2012]

This is the redesign of the outdoor chair that has been popular since 1960s in Mexican resort area. It has simple structure of iron frame winded by PVC cord. The chair can provide very comfortable seating for its material flexibility. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Riki Stool

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Riki Stool

Riki Watanabe [1965]

Strong enough to use as a chair, but also light enough for children to play with, the Riki stool can be assembled easily and then folded away compactly. This stool is used in many ways in a variety of public areas and workshops.

Solid Stool

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Solid Stool

Riki Watanabe [1954]

This stool was originally designed for a house by architect Kiyoshi Seike. After more than half a century, it was made available for sale in 2005. The stool is characterized by its neat form using the combination of solid wood and steel.

Riki Mobile Miyama

Riki Mobile Miyama

Riki Watanabe [1983]

This mobile was originally designed for a Japanese restaurant in Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel. The design depicts a shoal of fishes swimming in the water, and we can feel Watanabe’s playful mind.

Riki Mobile Chambre

Riki Mobile Chambre

Riki Watanabe [1972]

The mobile, used to decorate the bar at the Daiichi Hotel in Shinbashi was turned into a product in 2017. It is constructed by copper plates, a favorite material of Riki Watanabe, and teak. It creates a chic atmosphere through its combination of the solid feeling of the materials and the lightness of the form.

Mushroom base Table

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Mushroom Base Table

Daisaku Choh [2010]

Made for the International House of Japan by Daisaku Choh, the design was later revised by Choh himself. Its characteristic mushroom-like base design, inspired by concrete construction methods, and gentle curves match the Persimmon chair, making the perfect dining set.

Persimmon Chair

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Persimmon Chair

Daisaku Choh [2006]

The Persimmon chair was first released at the 1960 Triennale di Milano, and was later redesigned by Daisaku Choh himself. Its organic shape and light plywood molding means it is the perfect dining chair.

Tray&Coaster

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Tray, Coaster

Daisaku Choh [2006]

Tray and coaster with a beautiful organic design created from solid, natural wood. This refined design present a mixture of softness and sharpness. Though small in size, these works express the design concepts of Daisaku Choh.

SK Lamp

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

SK Lamp

Shosaku Kondo [1960-]

The integrated shade which combines the bamboo woven by 'yotsume' pattern (symbolic of Kondo) with molded acrylic uses the bamboo outer surface for the inner side of the shade. This creates a beautiful curved and springy form which is characteristic of bamboo.

Kumiko Coaster&Pot Stand

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Kumiko Coaster, Pot Stand

Inomata Art Joinery Workshop [2014]

Kumiko is a decorative technique in systematic geometrical patterns, unique to Japanese architecture. It involves combining precisely cut small wood pieces by hand, that does not allow even the smallest margin of error.

wawa

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

wawa

Torafu Architects [2016]

The mirror makes use of the flexible yet strong characteristics of rattan, and its design is both simple and gives a sense of presence. The frames are carefully crafted by hand at TSURUYA SHOUTEN, a rattan products manufacturer in Yamagata Prefecture.

Bamboo Graphic

Bamboo Graphic

[2017]

The wall ornaments were created by young bamboo craftsmen from Oita. The work is based on the concept of 'new methods of expression in bamboo craftwork', and it was created in a modern style by adding arrangements to traditional weaving methods.

 

Imported Products│Imported products with official exclusive rights

Boby Wagon

Boby Wagon

Joe Colombo [1970]

Immensely popular all over the world since it was designed over 40 years ago, and part of MoMA's permanent collection, the Boby Wagon is a design classic. With variable colors and sizes, this multi-use trolley can be used in workspaces, living rooms or kitchens, among other spaces.

Ulm Stool

Ulm Stool

Max Bill [1954]

This stool was originally designed for the students in Ulm School of Design. It is multi functional that one can use the stool not only as a chair but also as a side table, a shelf or a carrying case. Ulm stool is the symbolic item of Bauhaus's functionalistic concept.

Eiermann Table

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi

Eiermann Table

Egon Eiermann [1932]

This table was designed for Eiermann's own studio. Being composed of steel frames and the table top just to put on, it has minimal and lean style. This is one of the best of Eiermann's tables for which he gives special attention to every details.

SE18

SE18

Egon Eiermann [1952]

These chairs have won the Good Design Award from MoMA in 1953 and have also received high marks at the 10th Triennale di Milano, and is the very essence of Eiermann's ideas regarding design, structure, and functionality.

SE68

SE68

Egon Eiermann [1951]

Taking inspiration from Eames, this chair was among the first in Germany to use a combination of plywood for an organic form of seat and back, and steel pipe for the support. Even today, over 65 years later, this chair is used in countless public facilities around the world.

Wire chair Collection

Wire chair Collection

Cees Braakman [1958]

This series desined by Cees Braakman after being influenced by the work of Charles and Ray Eames. Although the series was once discontinued, the production re-commenced in 2011 due to a call of re-evaluation for it.

TS Chair

Photo Yosuke Owashi, Styling Masato Kawai

TS Chair

Roger Tallon [1977]

A unique, ultra-thin, minimalist folding chair. Though production had at one time ceased, it was revived in 2016 in conjunction with its retrospective exhibition at Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

Rimini Blu

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Rimini Blu

Aldo Londi [1950-1954]

Bitossi was founded in Firenze, Italy, in 1921. Aldo Londi took up the position of art director at the company in 1946, and Bitossi became known for production that emphasized quality craftsmanship. Bitossi's animal motif ceramics, such as its Rimini Blu series, are popular all over the world.

Gedy Toiletries

Gedy Toiletries

[1977-1985]

Gedy has a great number of long-selling products such as its toilet brush, which was selected for the permanent collection at the MoMA. Their products are by Makio Hasuike, a Japanese designer who currently works in Milano, and Olaf Von Bohr, who continues to design in a wide variety of fields.

Secticon

Secticon

Angelo Mangiarotti [1956]

This masterpiece of table clock was created from the great knowledge of structure and materials of Angelo Mangiarotti. It is focused on the visibility of the clock face, the angles of the clock were designed based on the concepts of ergonomics.

Skyflyer

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Skyflyer

Yki Nummi [1960]

This pendant lamp combines two round acrylic shades at the top and bottom of the lamp. The soft light passing through the opaque acrylic creates smooth lines and a feeling of floating. One of the feature designs of Yki Nummi, a master at the art of maximizing the potential of a material.

Modern Art

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Modern Art

Yki Nummi [1955]

A featured piece by Yuki Nummi dubbed 'Modern Art' after being included in MoMA. A simple design that combines both transparent and opaque acrylic parts, when lit the opaque shade appears as though if it is floating in the air.

Pistillino

Pistillino

Studio Tetrarch [1969]

Pistillino means 'pistil' in Italian and the word is now synonymous with this small classic lamp design. Multiple stems with rounded tips extend from a core to form a single shade, and the radical light creates a fantastical atmosphere.

Joe

Joe

De Pas, D'Urbino, Lomazzi [1971]

The creation of this chair was inspired by a giant sculpture from the sculptor Claes Oldenburg. Its design was based on the glove that belonged to the legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio.

Ihanne

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Ihanne

Lisa Johansson-Pape [1956]

The lamp is the representative work of Lisa Johansson-Pape released in 1956. It combines both functionality and good design, and its name means 'ideal' in Finnish. It is composed of an aluminum shade with smooth lines and an acrylic cover over the direct light source.

Lisa

Lisa

Lisa Johansson-Pape [1947]

Lisa Johansson-Pape's best-known work, named after its designer. The rhythmically punched perforations in this simple-form lampshade let light dapple from the moment the lamp is switched on. The shade's inner white coat softens the light and helps it to spread evenly.

Sipuli

Photo Masatoshi Takahashi, Styling Yumi Nakata

Sipuli

Lisa Johansson-Pape [1954]

The pendant lamp designed by Lisa Johansson-Pape won the first-place prize at the Triennale di Milano in 1954. In Finnish, the name means 'onion'. Its mold-blown opal glass shade gives off a gentle light.

Bulbo

Bulbo

Lisa Johansson-Pape [1950-59]

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Brands│Original brands and imported brands with exclusive rights

METROCS

METROCS 

This is an interior design brand launched by our company in 2002 to introduce great works of modern design. It carries masterpieces from Japan and Europe, and a number of authentic quality items selected by our original point of view.

n-crafts@metrocs

n-crafts@metrocs 

This is a crafts brand which follows Metrocs's policy of introducing authentic quality products. Selected from among superior Japanese traditional crafts, it carries new forms of crafts including interior accessories, kitchenware and etc. to add color to your daily life.

B-LINE

B-LINE 

An Italian manufacturer that has been producing and selling the Joe Colombo's Boby Wagon since 1999. Primarily involved in the reproduction of famous furniture designs from the 60s and 70s, recently they have been active releasing products from contemporary designers including Karim Rashid.

BITOSSI CERAMICHE

BITOSSI CERAMICHE 

Bitossi was founded in Firenze, Italy, in 1921. Aldo Londi took up the position of art director at the company in 1946, and Bitossi became known for production that emphasized quality craftsmanship. Bitossi's animal motif ceramics, such as its Rimini Blu series, are popular all over the world.

poltronova

poltronova 

This Italian furniture brand established in 1957 has produced a succession of innovatively designed products from Ettore Sottsass and Superstudio, etc. Production had been temporarily suspended, but it resumed in 2005. The brand's initial principles, which are overflowing with passion, continue to be passed down until today.

Gedy

gedy 

This is Italy's leading brand for bath and toiletry products. They have actively worked with famous designers such as Makio Hasuike and Olaf Von Bohr, and have established a global brand known for high quality design and function.

RICHARD LAMPERT

RICHARD LAMPERT 

An energetic German furniture brand established in 1993. With its mantra of bringing new interpretations to historic designs, it has worked on many minimalist products with high cost performance and is always taking on new challenges.

Wilde+Spieth

Wilde + Spieth

A German furniture maker since 1831. They have invented over 30 types of chairs, such as orchestra seats and rotating stools, together with Egon Eiermann from 1948. They pride themselves on creating high-quality products that are both adjustable and useful, a policy that continues to earn them many fans.

PASTOE

pastoe 

This furniture brand was established in Utrecht, Netherlands in 1913. Until today the brand has been continuously producing products incorporating innovative techniques since Cees Braakman became chief designer in 1945.

Artifort

Artifort 

It is a representative modern design furniture brand of the Netherlands, founded in 1890. In 1928 the new brand name "Artifort" was introduced, achieving a breakthrough at home and abroad. Its innovative design by Pierre Paulin was appraised and rewarded for many design awards.

wohnbedarf

wohnbedarf 

A furniture brand with history which was founded in Switzerland in 1931. In the past it has worked with the celebrated architects such as Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Presently it is sending out masterpieces of furniture such as Max Bill's products to the world.

Sentou

Sentou

A storied interior shop founded in France in 1945. They stood on the frontline of the design scene in the 1950s to the 1970s, promoting modern styles. Their career spans manufacturing, retail, and galleries, and until today many regard them as a pioneer brand of French design.

INNOLUX

INNOLUX 

This lighting brand was established in 1993. Under the brand, the designers such as Yki Nummi and Lisa Johansson-Pape produced a succession of products with universal and beautiful Northern-European designs that transcended the era.

 

Designer Interview

Studio Joe Colombo

Studio Joe Colombo

We have interviewed Ms. Ignazia Favata, a head of Studio Joe Colombo in Milano in March 2004. We were able to hear some of his private episode.

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Riki Watanabe

Riki Watanabe

Gallery talk at Bruno Taut Exhibition in Metrocs held on January 2006. He provided us a story about the time in Takasaki, Gunma Pref., where he worked with Mr. Taut.

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Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin

We have interviewed Mr. Pierre Paulin at his residence in Montpelier, France in March 2004. He gave us story for his personal history and recent design critique.

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Masterpiece collection

BRAUN

BRAUN

Collections of approx.80 items including clocks, cigarette lighter, men’s shaver and consumer electronics designed by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs.

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OLIVETTI

OLIVETTI

Approx. 90 items including typewriter, office furniture, along with advertising items such as posters and promotional giveaways.

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Edo Kiriko

Edo Kiriko

Edo Kiriko continues as a traditional craft to this day for over 170 years. Collections for 170 items of modern cutting design around 1960s.

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