MOTARASU creates designs that call for mindful presence. Fusing the design heritage of Denmark with the aesthetics of Japanese craftsmanship, they focus their efforts on the philosophy of surrounding yourselves with few yet beautiful, high-quality objects that bring joy.
MOTARASU focuses on four areas to obtain sustainable designs:
· Longevity of designs
· Natural renewable materials
· High-quality craftsmanship
· Minimal and deconstructed objects
They create timeless and functional designs instead of following trends, so their pieces stay relevant for the user throughout changing times.
Natural renewable materials are at the heart of what they do, with the main use of wood and paper letting the materials' beauty stand out.
Craftsmanship and the techniques used leaves the objects strong and durable. At the same time, the deconstructed design makes it easy to replace spare parts over time if needed.
DAWN wall lamp
DAWN wall lamp, designed by Bly Studio for MOTARASU, is a poetic solution to a practical problem. DAWN is designed to be placed centered above a double bed, sofa, or where a reading light is required on two sides. One lamp instead of two lamps on each side of the bed or sofa.
With its eye-catching geometric shape, DAWN is a centerpiece in any setting. The simple shape holds an element of surprise when unfolded by the user - transforming the strict circle into a dynamic curved shape.
When manipulating the soft lampshade, you feel a direct physical connection with the radiance of the light- creating a moment of presence.
DAWN won the Scandinavian Design Award 2023 for Best Lighting and was launched at3daysofdesign in Copenhagen.
Jundo is Japanese for purity, which is what the designer, Mads Emil Garde, sought with this poetic design. It is the examination of what you can create with one simple shape.
You can personalize the JUNDO daybed depending on the type of use with how many cushions you place and how you place them – across the ribs, along the ribs, or you can use the cushions up against a wall.
The cushions come in three covers – textile from Kvadrat or leather from Sorensen. JUNDO is available in a white-oiled or black wooden base with a choice of one to three cushions.
The REFLEX stool is a sculptural approach to comfortable seating designed by Akiko Ken Made. The stool consists of one shape multiplied eight times. The result is a simple stool in a simple construction.
REFLEX is suitable for many settings at home, whether in the hallway, living room, kitchen, etc., or at cafes. It comes in solid oak in the choice of four finishes: natural matt lacquer, natural oil, black stained matt lacquer, or in black oil. It holds an L1 strength certificate making it suitable for project use.
“Bringing the two pieces of wood on each surface together in a bevelled joint makes the stool strong enough to carry the weight of a person. Repeating this technique all the way around achieves cross stability.” – Akiko Kuwahata and Ken Winther, Akiko Ken Made.
The ENSO pendant, designed by Lars Vejen, is based on traditional Japanese wood joinery using the best materials and handcraft and developed for LED light.
The lampshade is constructed with specially coated Japanese washi paper making it strong and leaving a soft and diffuse light. The oak wood joinery is fixed with magnets, making the shade easy to open and clean with a cloth.
The ENSO pendant is suitable for many locations, including dining tables, kitchen islands, meeting tables, restaurants, etc.
The aesthetics of art and the closeness to nature are fundamental to all MOTARASU designs, where materials and techniques combine to create tactile and sculptural furniture and objects that each place natural materials central to design and functionality.
Raw materials stand out, and the natural surface of a material, such as the grains of wood, is often emphasized as a keydesign element on any given piece. The end result is “poetic minimalism.”