Classic and contemporary, the Manhattan Sofa, shown in Paprika velvet, features ample back cushions with blackport timber legs.
Culled from the tropical forests of the South Pacific’s Sulawesi Island, Celebes Ebony—known colloquially in haute design circles as the ebony of princes and poets—is the rarest manifestation of the species. Ten years in the curing, the ebon produces deep, rich hues striated with interstitial sap lines that are the color of pure chocolate. Good husbandry of the forest is mandated; named by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in the 1970s, the harvest is tended with care and an eye toward future growth. Known in Japan for its precision in environmentally frail projects, and with sustainability high in the corporate mindset, Matsuoka sank roots in the region and found their soul.
Kotta, which means exquisite in Japanese, is a collection of highly edited pieces with stark Euclidean forms that emphasize the spectacular veneers of the wood. Artisans stay close to minimalist aesthetic tenets with blends of bare wood and hand welded stainless steel. Edges on drawers and doors are mitered; metallic accents glisten like deco jewelry. Among the collection’s signature pieces is an upscale server with ample storage for glasses, plates and wet bar accoutrement.
Furnishings include a dining table, sideboard, cabinet and a menu of upholstered pieces, such as plush sofas with matching ottomans and bergères. Individual pieces such as the Milan occasional chair offer a flared back and deep comfort, juxtaposed with a rich yet starkly angular aesthetic. The sleek blackport arm chair fits an urbane motif, with a slender profile and rich cocoa hues.
Kotta Sideboard in Celebes Ebony with matte finish.