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Matureware

Casted Brass Architectural Hardware

May 11-17, 2016

The spaces we occupy are our “machines for living” that provide shelter, security and emotional wellbeing. Architectural hardware such as door handles, brackets and switch plates are the components of these machines, which make them functional and allow us to obtain the aforementioned aspects of life. Hardware of this nature is an important part of a home’s heritage and one of the most significant elements of functional ornamentation used to distinguish a space. Over time, these fixtures become as much part of our lives as the ground, walls and roof of our home.

“As a base material, the surface of brass oxidizes as it ages, and creates a uniquely serene texture” – Toshihiro Futagami

In 2015, the Japanese brass foundry Futagami, embarked on a mission to apply their renowned brass casting methods to a new line of architectural hardware products called MATUREWARE. Designed by Yamazaki Yoshiki and directed by Oji Masanori, the collection features the company’s signature crude-cast texture called Ihada, throughout a range of solid brass fixtures for commercial and residential spaces. The texture, produced by sand-casted molds, ages over time, producing a patina unique to Futagami’s solid brass objects.

Launching internationally during NYCxDesign week at Nalata Nalata, the MATUREWARE collection represents a pioneering endeavor for handcrafted brass in the realm of architectural hardware. The collection currently offers fixtures in five different categories: Door Handles, Switch Plates, Shelf Brackets, Latches and Name Plaques.

 

“… there is a certain sense of fulfillment when I take a piece of cast metal out of the mold and it has taken on the form I imagined.“ – Toshihiro Futagami

Futagami, the storied foundry behind this new collection, has a heritage of four generations and was founded over a century ago in 1897. It is located in Takaoka, the Northwestern portion of Toyama Prefecture. The area is a leading producer of metal castings of Japan, and it is there that the foundry continues to innovate, while embracing the history and expertise of their region.

The collection offers a wide range of sizes and customizable options for select items. Embossing is available for the switch plates and plaques. The plaques can also be personalized for homes and businesses with size options, serif and non-serif fonts or a custom logo, with choice of a signature brazen Ihada surface, or a blackened brass finish.

We welcome you to join us in celebration of this international launch. Meet Yamazaki Yoshiki and fourth generation foundry owner, Mr. Toshihiro Futagami who will be traveling to New York from Japan for this special event.

View a recap of the event here.

Post-publication of this article, it was announced that Matureware won the grand prize for Best Hardware of 2016 in the inaugural NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design Magazine and ICFF. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the foundry.

Switch Plate - 2 Gang
Switch Plate - 2 Gang

Switch Plate - 2 Gang

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a 2 Gang Switch Plate. I can see the sparks between us.  

Starting at $215
Switch Plate - 1 Gang
Switch Plate - 1 Gang

Switch Plate - 1 Gang

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a 1 Gang Switch Plate. It’s crazy how much you turn me on.  

Starting at $140
Switch Plate - 3 Gang
Switch Plate - 3 Gang

Switch Plate - 3 Gang

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a 3 Gang Switch Plate. Light it up, light it up.  

Starting at $275
Switch Plate - Square
Switch Plate - Square

Switch Plate - Square

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a Square Switch Plate. Let’s get it on.  

$135
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Latch Lock - Flat
Latch Lock - Flat

Latch Lock - Flat

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a Flat Latch Lock. Latch yourself in before you lash out.  

Starting at $185
Shelf Brackets - Curved
Shelf Brackets - Curved

Shelf Brackets - Curved

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am Curved Shelf Brackets. When life gives you curves, flaunt them.  

Starting at $180
Shelf Brackets - Paper Holder
Shelf Brackets - Paper Holder

Shelf Brackets - Paper Holder

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am Paper Holder Shelf Brackets. I can hold for more than one second… actually I’ve got all the time in the world.  

Starting at $210
Shelf Brackets - Slotted
Shelf Brackets - Slotted

Shelf Brackets - Slotted

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am Slotted Shelf Brackets. Can’t find your niche? No place to slot into? I’ve never had a problem with that.  

Starting at $240
Door Handle and Mortise - 'Line' Lever
Door Handle and Mortise - 'Line' Lever

Door Handle and Mortise - 'Line' Lever

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a Line Door Handle. Get out, you're out of line.  

$790
Door Handle and Mortise - 'Hexagon' Lever
Door Handle and Mortise - 'Hexagon' Lever

Door Handle and Mortise - 'Hexagon' Lever

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a Hexagon Door Handle. Head towards the hexagon to find the hexit.  

$800
Plaque - Ihada Brass
Plaque - Ihada Brass

Plaque - Ihada Brass

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a customizable Brass Name Plaque. They made an irrevocable decision in the name of Brass.  

Starting at $590
Plaque - Blackened Brass
Plaque - Blackened Brass

Plaque - Blackened Brass

Yamazaki Yoshiki and Oji Masanori for Futagami

I am a customizable Blackened Brass Name Plaque. They made an irrevocable decision in the name of Brass, then they inked on the dotted line.  

Starting at $660

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