From the minimal to the flamboyant, recycled wooden furniture can take on many forms and functions. Taking discarded wood offcuts and throwing in a bit of retro-style flair, Montreal-based Japanese furniture designer and maker Mitz Takahashi creates elegant pieces with a sense of humour.
Combining cherry, maple, mahogany, walnut, oak and other reclaimed woods into patterned surfaces, Takahashi also re-uses materials that he finds in street, adapting them for his pieces -- like the recycled steel framework in this "One Night Stand."
Takahashi's works exude an easy-going aesthetic that would blend harmoniously into most settings, but still manage to say a distinctive "hey, look at me" in its craftsmanship.
Designing his pieces to be flat-packed whenever possible, Takahashi's collection ranges from staples like shelving, chairs, side tables and lamps to tongue-in-cheek deviations like his boxy guitar amp and this "Medieval Assholes" set of coasters.