I wish I knew more about mu-te but their site is in Japanese. It seems they are a multidisciplinary studio exploring the realms of product, graphic and furniture design. The detailing and the careful consideration for each piece only allowing the most minimal wastage really appeals, particularly for the magazine rack above which is the most efficient use of a sheet of material I have ever seen.
Syosen lacquerware from Yamanka makes delicately and intricately crafted products for the home. The origin of Yamanka ware dates as far back to the Azuchi–Momoyama period (1568–1600). During this time, craftsmen developed their wood curving techniques that has now become distinguishing features of Yamanka lacquer ware. Shoshen lacquer ware respects the beautiful grain of natural wood and perfect base work. They intentionally don’t overpaint the wood in order expose the beautiful grain. It takes over a year to produce these beautiful artisan pieces.
A wonderful example of using structure as signature for a space with intelligent integration of storage throughout.