Yuzuru Yamakawa, born 1933, Japan.
Yuzuru designed and worked with rattan for over 40 years. Loved by Japanese and European markets alike, his designs have stood the test of time. His passion for the material is evident in his designs, which are not only beautiful but functional, with an emphasis on ergonomics.
Mr Yamakawa studied at design school at night while expanding the Yamakawa family's furniture company to become one of the most renowned in Japan specializing in creating high quality design-oriented, rattan furniture.
Mr Yamakawa studied at Kuwasawa Design College and in 1954 & 1954 co-winner of the Governor of Tokyo Prize. In 1957 was a co-winner of the gold medal at the Milan Triennale. In 1964 one of his designs is selected for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
He is currently living in Japan.
Rattan grows at a very fast pace. It can only be found in the rain forest as rattan needs trees for it to wrap on to reach for sunlight. This means that as long as there are trees in the rain forest, rattan will always be a sustainable raw material. Read more about rattan at Wikipedia