Exclusive Japanese furniture maker, Matsuoka International, a 2012 selection for the Rolls Royce Enthusiast’s Club’s yearbook, A Celebration of Excellence, announced another achievement with the opening of a new showroom in Cannes, during the 65th annual Film Festival. The showroom is located on the grounds of the elegant Villa St George, in the fashionable “Californie” district, on a hillock with spectacular views of the City and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. This venue, on the National Registrar of Historic Places in France, hosts some of the highest profile events at the venerable Festival. This year, for example, it was the site of Calvin Klein’s tribute to “Women in Film” (which attracted a Hollywood who’s who, including Alec Baldwin, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock among many others), and Focus Features’ gala in celebration of several films introduced by the production company this year, as well as exclusive private parties hosted by high profile personalities from around the world.
The Matsuoka International party, which was held on the eve of the Festival’s opening, was regaled by live contemporary music softly playing in the background, copiously flowing champagne, authentic sushi preparations and scrumptious selections of canapés prepared by one of Cannes most renowned chefs. The presentation featured creations by famed Australian artist, Christian Lyon, and Florida celebrity designer, Steven G. Highlighted among Lyon’s work was the award winning Tortoise Commode, a modern, “geometric puzzle” design that showcases one of Matsuoka’s more than seventy species of exotic timber, as well as the company’s mastery of the fine arts of veneering and hand rubbed finishing. This was complemented by the bold geometry of an Art Deco inspiration, the Duplex Dining Table. This work of art is meticulously overlaid with the rarest decorative wood on the planet, Celebes Ebony, a protected resource. Matsuoka is the only company in the world which has a production inventory of this ornamental timber. This design is delightfully adorned with sparkling nickel posts, accented with nickel plated, balled feet. It was complemented by a ring of polished chairs executed in precise geometries of solid rosewood.
Steven G’s Wedge Buffet, adorned with shining rails of stainless steel, offsetting a canvas of rich wavy grained Celebes Ebony, evokes tasteful luxury. His Bi-level Cabinet is outfitted in impeccably applied veneers including Matsuoka’s proprietary Silver Sycamore, on the top cabinet, and straight grained Celebes Ebony, on the base. The drawers present massive stylized rope and scroll bronze pulls, elegantly finished in the manner of the ancient Asian art of Black Sentoku.
The brand’s debut attracted architects, designers and lovers of beautiful things from several countries in Europe, with the majority of attendees being renowned interior designers and owners of exclusive boutiques along the Côte d’Azure, and chic outposts along Italy’s and Spain’s Mediterranean coasts.