The Work of Jonah Takagi
Jonah Takagi works as a fulltime designer these days but he paid his dues on the road with Washington D.C. indie bands.
His Atelier Takagi stocks his coffee tables and pendant lights and the online shop he founded Field carries manly, minimal home accessories from himself and design friends such as Hallgeir Homstvedt, Jonathan Nesci, Daniel Emma, and Oscar Diaz.
The shop/brand sells small-batch, limited edition pieces at reasonable prices. Jonah Takagi gave an interview to Nothingmajor.com in which he talked about his route to a multifaceted design career.
When I started Atelier Takagi, I was focused on self-producing my own designs. At the same time, I was meeting a lot of other designers through my travels and different design fairs, and I started getting excited and inspired by what many of my peers were doing. I saw Field as an opportunity to collaborate with other interesting young designers, while also producing a broader spectrum of work than I could on my own.
Balance is essential, but I would include emotion and memory in the equation. I am a collector, although my girlfriend might call me a hoarder, and most of the objects that populate my life are “useless,” as in they don’t require a practical function to have value. After you create something, you have little to no control over the emotional content that people will attribute to the object, so your best bet is to make it sturdy, make it last, and, if you say it is going to do something, make sure it does it well.
You can read the full interview here.
Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, Jonah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. For several years, Jonah designed furniture that he built in a friend’s studio while he played bass guitar, touring and recording with several indie rock bands.
He is the principal of Atelier Takagi, founded in 2009, and is co-founder and Creative Director of Field.