Fusing Scandinavian and Japanese design heritage, and drawing on the honesty, timeless aesthetic and emphasis on craftsmanship that characterises both, Oslo is a multipurpose utility stool designed in two material variants: a solid oak version, and an iteration with a painted steel base and matt-finished oak seat. The stool is available in two colours: plain wood and pale pink – the latter being a timely reference to April being cherry blossom season in Takahashi’s hometown in Japan.
Born and raised in Japan, So Takashi moved to New York to pursue sculpture at the School of Visual Arts and soon developed a strong interest in graphic design. He established his multifaceted creative studio Heads Inc in Manhattan in 1998, producing everything from print design and fine art to electronic music and cosmetics.
Over the years he has lived and worked in New York, Myanmar and Norway, and is now permanently based in Oslo. His creation of the acclaimed Origami Chair at London Design Festival show 100% Norway in 2008, led to the launch of his studio, So Takahashi Design, which makes furniture and products inspired by his borderless outlook.