RITZWELL PARTICIPATED IN THE DESIGNART EVENT HELD IN TOKYO FROM 23 OCTOBER TO 3 NOVEMBER.
The event, now in its fourth edition, is organised in different locations in the Japanese capital where niche manufacturers and international brands stage their products and reveal the deep connections between solutions for the home and artistic items, all characterised by beauty and exclusivity. Interior designers, designers and enthusiasts were thus able to visit the Ritzwell flagship showroom and watch the demonstrations of its carpenters and upholsterers working on some of the most iconic pieces in the catalogue: the Rivage Easy Chair designed by Atelier D.Q. and Shinsaku Miyamoto's new MT Bench. The public was able to get a real feel of the quality of the raw materials by experiencing their tactile sensations and interact directly with Ritzwell’s master craftsmen whom they asked many questions.
This experience of observation and listening revealed the philosophy behind every piece of furniture by Ritzwell: an idea that first takes shape within a precise project, and then, by means of skilful manual work, becomes a piece of furniture. The result is a piece of furniture that preserves the value of the hands that shaped it and fulfils a function that speaks not only to the body or the eyes but also to the soul which cherishes its harmony and profound qualities. Created to be more than a product, it not only furnishes the house but also 'inhabits’ the domestic space as a member of the family and is able to preserve its beauty over time: materials and finishes have been chosen for their quality to become more harmonious with time, as they take on the famous 'patina of time' (furubi in Japanese).
These qualities have characterised the company's production since its foundation in 1992. In fact, the entire collection manages to build a bridge between the foundations of Japanese philosophy and an essential formal language that caters to contemporary taste.
While the MT Bench, for instance, stands out for its carefully studied proportions, which are enhanced by the precious woven leather straps of the seat and combined with the essential wooden or steel structure, the iconic Rivage Easy Chair combines its seat and back upholstered in leather or fabric with a smooth solid wood structure and comfortable armrests that draw inspiration from the typical curved shape of the roofs of Japanese temples and shrines.
MAKING OF RIVAGE EASY CHAIR AT RITZWELL ITOSHIMA FACTORY