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 requirements 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.
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.
The collection currently offers fixtures in 5 categories: Door Handles, Switch Plates, Shelf Brackets, Latches and Name Plaques.
Launching internationally during NYCxDesign week at Nalata Nalata, the MATUREWARE collection represents a pioneering endeavor for handcrafted brass objects in the realm of architectural hardware.
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.