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Eastern Interpretation

Maruni Collection's "Hiroshima" Chair

Japan is a nation that has for many centuries cultivated traditions based on wood that occupy an important position in daily life.  I have long been fascinated with the Japanese interpretation of western furniture.  While walking in Soho recently, I came across CITE, an assemblage of modern design furnishings that includes pieces from Maruni Wood Industries.  Originally established by Takeo Yamanaka in 1928, Maruni has morphed over the decades to include the work of celebrated architects and designers; Jasper Morrison, Michele De Lucchi and Naoto Fukasawa among others.    CITE has an edited version of Maruni’s pieces for sale, but with some careful research I was able to find most of their collection through other showrooms. Continue reading