Letter from the chairman
Committed to craftsmanship
In 2013, we established Stellar Works as a way to bring ideas together: East and West, heritage and modernity, craft and industry – bringing the best of the past into the light of the present. Our aim was to inspire a renaissance in Asian aesthetics, taking the forms, styles and motifs that have characterised Japanese design across the centuries and filtering them through the lens of the European tradition to create something new and timeless.
Three years on, and our furniture collections have achieved a unique place in the global market, and can be found in private residences and prestigious hotels, restaurants and public spaces around the world. By drawing together a unique combination of heritage, craft skills and production expertise from Europe and Asia, we have created an international design brand with genuine cross-cultural resonance. Stellar Works has much to be proud of.
I believe that this bringing together of cultures is what sets us apart, both in terms of the character of our creative output and the strength of our business today. From the beginning, Stellar Works has benefited from the strategy and dynamism of Japanese operations management, the high-end craftsmanship of French furniture making and the technical proficiency of our Shanghai production team.
When we opened our purpose-built factory in Shanghai, the city was well established as an international hub for furniture production, but for many brands, its factories were centres of mass-market furniture making, dealing in low-cost, high-volume manufacture with all the efficiency of the production line, but little crafted character. A wealth of technical know-how and traditional craft skill existed, but remained untapped. We set out to change that.
The Stellar Works factory has enabled us to achieve two of the key attributes we have aimed for since the company’s founding. China’s favourable ..