In late 2006, CODE made its first appearance in Brisbane, and then spread quickly to other Australian cities and international design exhibitions in Tokyo and Seoul. Inspired by the grid frames of traditional Japanese architecture, their creations can assume a variety of roles in the drama of interior spaces – as a small table, a stool, or as an art-piece in its own right.

They are equally at home in apartments, galleries, hotels, theatre foyers as well as arresting pieces in cafes and the lounges of chic bars.

The immaculate joinery of CODES intersecting lines realize the breathtaking purity of Fukutoshi’s minimalist equations. Liberated of all excess, these pieces radiate the purity of silence. Their finishes bring a sensuous intimacy through a deep sense of texture offering us the same understated simplicity and sense of wonderment we experience in, say, Shaker woodwork pieces.

The CODE pieces are constructed of what he calls “heirloom woods” such as rosewood, silver ash or Tasmanian oak, expertly crafted in the hands of Brisbane furniture maker Tony Man.

“I design things that your children will be proud to inherit,” Fukutoshi explains. “Things that have longevity. To me, that is sustainability — to produce better products that last, have quality in both design and material; products that are not throw-away fad items.” Fukutoshi’s pieces are designed to interact with contemporary lifestyles on multiple levels. “They will forever re-invent and transform themselves in the environments in which they find themselves.”

CODE was inspired by the series of symbols assigned to the various mistresses of the 11th century Japanese nobleman, Hikaru Genji. Taking these symbols as the aesthetic and philosophical basis of his furniture design, Fukutoshi has given them flesh. At the same time, they can come to symbolize the values and individuality of their owners.


dimensions: 470h x 360w x 360d
material: solid timber (rose wood, silver ash, oak)
finish: matte lacquered
prices furnished upon request.