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Creativity has its place
Fall/Winter 2020
Issue 21

Mitz Takahashi’s Ttipia Chair

Mitz Takahashi makes practical sculptures to improve our everyday lives. More like hyperfunctional art than conventional furniture, Takahashi’s wooden objects—modular shelving, elegant chairs, cantilevered shoe racks, credenzas with mesmerizing inlaid patterns—demand attention. Born in Osaka, Japan, and schooled in Alberta, Takahashi now lives in Montreal.

BY: SARAH LISS

PHOTO COURTESY OF: MITZ TAKAHASHI

Wooden chair sits on white floor with white backdrop.

Trained as a cabinetmaker, Takahashi favours floating mortise and tenon joints, a method in which a hidden tongue on one piece of wood fits into a groove carved in the other.

To ensure that his design was optimal for the human spine, Takahashi referenced a posture chart. /

Takahashi embraces knots in the wood and other supposed imperfections. “It’s like stretch marks and wrinkles, models without makeup,” he says.

The back legs protrude slightly to ensure that the chair is balanced; they are supported by a joint that meets the legs at 90 degrees. “It’s a nice angle,” he says.

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