From left: Eiri Iwakura, Erik Marquardsen and Takashi Okamura.
Danish/Japanese furniture duet, Takashi Okamura and Erik Marquardsen, who operate the O&M Design studio, held in late March 2015 an event in the Ozone Living Design Centre in Tokyo. The reason was O&M’s recent 40th anniversary. The name of the event was 365 Days Designer, and the theme was cooperation for 40 years and the relationship between Japanese and Danish furniture design. Among many other things, O&M Design has designed a wide range of furniture for Danish producers such as Getama and Skipper Furniture.
The event was held in cooperation with Japan’s leading furniture designer Eiri Iwakura, whose design company, just as O&M, also has existed for more than 40 years.
The whole event was organized by the Danish event and management firm Ayanomimi, which also accounted for a 100 sqm exhibition on Okamura’s and Marquardsen’s work through 40 years. The event was greeted by more than 100 Japanese architects and furniture manufacturers and ended with a party for all participants, with Gammel Dansk bitters and Japanese specialties served.
O & M has subsequently received several interesting inquiries from Japan, where the interest in Danish design generally is very high.