“Whether it’s architecture or product design, “lifestyle design” is the explanation behind everything I do. The concept of Japanese lifestyle design is defined as “making necessary tools for everyday life, beautifully”. That being said, with both architecture and products I carry out the design process with the same view in mind.”

- Makoto Koizumi

The designer behind the award-winning Kaico series (2006 Good Design Award in Japan)– Makoto Koizumi – has engaged a compelling range of materials and industries throughout his lifetime. Well-known and respected for his architectural and furniture works, Mokoto took a shift in focus towards industrial design as a way to influence lives on a more intimate, tactile level. 

The Koizumi studio, out of which him and his team develop their work, is based in Japan – perfectly tucked between two formal buildings on a busy street in Tokyo. The studio is renowned for producing high quality, refined lifestyle products with an approach that honors the interaction between material and function. Each product seems to express a unique personality, while the designer’s sensitivity and humour have always been imbued in all of his creations. 

The Kaico cookware series featured here is composed of a subtle handles in beechwood and knobs in maple. Enamel coating over steel allows for excellent thermal efficiency and effortless cleaning.