Italian architect and designer Elena Galli Giallini has been living in Japan since 1995 and brings a multicultural education to her designs. She recently designed the Deinde Collection for Japanese furniture company Morishige. This collection incorporates the use of urushi, which is traditional Japanese lacquer, with modern furniture.

Morishige is the leading producer of furniture with lacquer urushi so they decided to work with the designer to help bring the beauty of it to modern designs. The theme was “traditional within modernity” and they’ve done that beautifully with the artistry of the ancient lacquer techniques and the clean and minimal lines of the pieces. The collection includes sideboards, cabinets, low tables, dining tables, sofas, and chairs.