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In 2007 Takafumi Mochizuki left the Land of the Rising Sun to move to Florence. After studying furniture restoration for some years he opened his own workshop, becoming the “Zouganista”, from “zougan”, marquetry in Japanese. Because this is his greatest passion: leaving his mark on the wood, creating decorative objects with attractive lines, with curvilinear incisions and inlays worked on the most diverse items, like shoe lasts, hat blocks and coat-hangers. Works in which millenniaold Nipponic philosophies – like Kintsugi, the technique of gilding over cracks – coexist harmoniously with Italian art.

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