What does "Takumi" mean? "We wanted a Japanese name or word connected to furniture. 'Takumi' means 'artisan' and could be applied to woodworking or a similar trade. Artisan originated as a medieval term describing people responsible for producing many types of consumer goods; these days an artisan is considered more as a craftsman who has achieved such a level of skill that their work may be compared to that of an artist. We want our customers to feel they have purchased a furniture item that is functional and also an item of beauty." Where are most of your products made? "Our pieces are predominantly from Japan, although we also have imported furniture from Italy and Denmark. Japanese manufacturer Kitani produces licensed originals by mid-20th century Danish designers such as Finn Juhl, Ib Kofod-Larsen and Nanna Ditzel. Contemporary Japanese furniture has been influenced by Scandinavian designs of the second half of the 20th century. The furniture is simple yet at the same time refined and elegant. That coupled with attention to detail and quality materials gives the furniture an aesthetic that matches many interior styles." What's your average price point? "We carry dining chairs starting from HK$3,300 and tables from HK$8,800." Can you tell us about your home accessories and textiles? "We offer brands such as Woodnotes and Skagerak: clean, simple, practical designs to complement the furniture. We also have simple leather cushions in both natural and dyed colours. The carpets, on the other hand, have vibrant colours or strong graphics that make a fresh contrast to the more conservative palette of the furniture." You carry an art collection; do you plan to feature different artists? "Our collaboration with Fabrik Contemporary Art [a gallery in Sheung Wan] allows us to rotate collections from various artists." Candace Campos Takumi is at 11/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2580 2308.