First collection : Ridge by Keiji Takeuchi

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Collection : Ridge by Keiji Takeuchi

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A mountain ridge is a boundary created by opposing forces pushing each other and upheaving the land. The presence of the line represents a state in which these two forces found a perfect balance.
Door handles are typically used by either being pulled or pushed to enter other environments. When we design the optimal form factor for these two opposing actions and merge them, we naturally arrive at a shape with a ridge in the middle. It is why in this design collection, we see these edges on the contour of each piece.
For the first collection for aru., we aimed to design handles that naturally blend into the living space. It looks very serene at first glance, but when people hold it in their hands, they may sense all the care we took in each piece.

Keiji Takeuchi

Born in Fukuoka, Japan. He moved to New Zealand when he was 15. After graduating from a local college in Auckland, he entered an art school. During his bachelor degree in product design, he moved to Paris for a scholarly study at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in France.
In 2005 he entered Naoto Fukasawa Design in Tokyo. Takeuchi moved to Milan in 2012 and started freelancing in 2014. In 2016 Takeuchi received the ” Young Japanese talent” award from Elle Decor Japan. In 2019, he was invited by Jasper Morrison to work on the “ Social seating” project at Fiskars Art and Design Biennale amongst 18 designers of Morrison’s choice.
Today Takeuchi collaborates with many international brands in various design field.