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Takafumi Mochizuki

Takafumi Mochizuki Woodworker
Contact
Italian, Japanese
Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Phone:
+39 3318223767
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A Japanese master in Florence

  • • Takafumi is inspired by his adopted city
  • • He opened his own bottega in 2014
  • • He’s a master of inlay techniques

Renaissance Florentine tradition meets Oriental art to create a unique and timeless style. Takafumi Mochizuki is the master of this fusion, that is the soul of his craft. Born in Tokyo in 1979, he moved to Florence in 2007 to refine the techniques of wood restoration and inlay. Trained in the workshop of the master craftsman Renato Olivastri, Takafumi launched his Zouganista brand in 2014, choosing the Oltrarno as his base. Over the years, he has worked for commercial brands, designers and private clients, as well as collaborating with other international artists and artisans. His works range from interior design pieces to the production of fashion accessories that he transforms into wearable masterpieces.

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Works

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Carnevale

This vintage shoe last is intricately inlaid with the motif of a carnival mask. Takafumi Mochizuki creates the inlays with an association of mahogany, ebony and wenge, all-natural wood grain.

Height 250 cm
Width 110 cm
Diameter 20 cm

Takafumi Mochizuki Woodworker
Photo: ©Shaky
Antique teaspoon

These antique teaspoons are intricately inlaid with floral motifs. Takafumi Mochizuki creates the inlays with an association of woods.

Takafumi Mochizuki Woodworker
Photo: ©Zouganista
Preghiera

This decorative wall piece, an inlaid panel held within an antique wood frame, has been inlaid with the image of the Madonna, based on a portrait by Fra Filippo Lippi. The portrait is crafted using a combination of rose wood, birch, poplar, ebony, mahogany and curly maple.

Width 18 cm
Diameter 23 cm

Takafumi Mochizuki Woodworker
Photo: ©Zouganista
Panorama Firenze

This panel is inlaid with 12 varities of wood. The inlaid panel depicts the cityscape of Florence and the Arno river that flows through it.

Width 45 cm
Diameter 70 cm

Takafumi Mochizuki Woodworker

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