The studio’s founders, Joshua Metersky and Aidan Bowman discovered Takahashi’s work in 2016 during a visit to Japan. However, language barriers prevented the two men from discovering the artist’s identity then and there. It was only after a couple of months of detailed Internet and Instagram research that they managed to find the name of the man who had impressed them with his fascinating glass sculptures.
The Collection Was Born After Months of Long-Distance Collaboration
Metersky and Bowman decided to get in touch with the artist before their next trip to the “Land of the Rising Sun.” They sent Takahashi an email, to which he responded positively, so they decided to visit him in Munakata.
During their meeting, the men exchanged prototypes and ideas, discussed technical details, and produced test pieces to make sure their collaboration would work. For the next 18 months, they used their long-distance partnership to come up with the Howdy, Neighbor collection.
The collection features seven individual pieces, including the Totem table lamp, which is arguably the most famous lighting fixture in the series. The lamp features a crystal-clear glass dome that encases a stack of Baku Takahashi’s vibrant hand-sculpted confections, topped with a whipstitched vellum shade.
Who Is Glass Artist Baku Takahashi
Baku Takahashi was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1986 and is an alumnus of the Tama Art University. In 2016, he established a studio named TOUMEI (meaning ‘transparency’ in Japanese) in partnership with glass artist Tomoko Wada.
The Howdy Neighbor series was positively met by a number of connoisseurs who describe the collection as the perfect amalgamation between fine craftsmanship and industrial precision. The lighting fixtures are truly unique and can add a sophisticated touch to even the best-designed spaces.