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Kazuhide Takahama

Kazuhide Takahama

Diseñador japonés Kazuhide Takahama


The designer Kazuhide Takahama was born in Mijasaki (Japan) in 1930. In 1953 he graduated in architecture from the University of Tokyo. He was in charge of the creation of the Japanese pavilion for the 11th Milan Triennale in 1957, where he met Dino Gavina, thus beginning a fruitful working relationship and friendship, becoming a key figure for Gavina from that moment on. In the same year, and before his return to Japan, he designed the "Naeko" sofa bed for Gavina, his first mass-produced and marketed design.
For seven years he taught at a university in Japan until 1963, when he moved to Bologna (Italy) with his wife and daughter.

A lover of straight lines and the elegance he conferred on them, we find a multitude of designs such as: "Dada" (1965), a highly flexible modular storage system, "Tulu" (1968), a sober and elegant stackable chair, "Loop" (1977), a leather-covered desk, "Kazuki" (1976), a lamp with an aluminium structure and white diffuser, (a beautiful adaptation of oriental lanterns), and a very, very long etcetera.

Kazuhide Takahama's designs are distinguished by astringent clarity of line and form, qualities which reveal his Japanese origins. He often used traditional forms and techniques, combining them with Western elements, as evidenced by many of his lacquer-coated furniture.

He collaborated with such prestigious companies as Gavina, Sirrah (Guzzini), B&B, Simon, Paradisoterrestre... to name but a few.

His designs stand out for their rigour and the clean lines of their forms, in addition to possessing his own language where the signs of the oriental culture of his training are mixed with those of the western culture in which he immerses himself. His professional activity was not limited to furniture and lighting design, he designed outdoor and indoor works, continuing with the renovation of private residences and public works.

In 2010, at the age of 80, he died unexpectedly in Bologna, leaving behind him a repertoire of pieces of great aesthetic beauty, some of which are now part of such outstanding collections as those of the MoMA (Saghi Lounge Chair).

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