Award-winning designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy recently collaborated with furniture maker Matsuoka on a line of Japanese-inspired furnishings, launched at A. Rudin. Dubbed the Symphony collection, Diaz-Azcuy named each of the pieces after renowned musical compositions by different artists, including Eroica (Beethoven), Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov), and Fantastique (Berlioz). However, Diaz-Azcuy and Matsuoka don't ignore contemporary composers; a matte coffee table with an angled base is named Satyagraha, a nod to a Philip Glass opera inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
Although the names of the individual pieces reference music, the title of the collection also refers to symphony in other senses of the word, such as symmetry, as each piece features a subtle, artful beauty. The title further suggests the collaboration itself, a harmonious orchestration that balances two perspectives — that of a forward-thinking, San Francisco-based designer with 50 years of influence on the global shape of design, and that of a family-owned, Japanese brand, originally founded in 1866 to craft traditional wedding furniture.
The collection comprises two dining tables, a console, a coffee table, and two styles of cabinets, and is now available at select showrooms, including A. Rudin. Explore Symphony from Diaz-Azcuy and Matsuoka below.256