IPD Awards 2014: Interio Ltd are successfully shortlisted

design et al are proud to announce that Interio Ltd have been successfully shortlisted in the Bespoke Cabinetry category in the International Product Design Awards 2014.


The inspiration for this stunning cabinet came from an exceptional traditional piece of cabinetry in Japan. Traditionally a “dowry” piece of furniture, Japanese brides would join their in-law’s family with such a piece. It would hold their wedding kimono and the wealth of the bride’s family would be reflected in the quality of the veneers used in the cabinet. A poor family would not be able to afford any veneers, whilst a wealthy family would offer their daughter the finest and most expensive veneers. There was often a secret compartment to allow the bride to keep precious pieces secret from the prying eyes and fingers of her in-laws (and husband).

Interio Matsuoka Tortoise cabinet internal view


For the modern interpretation of this piece perfectly matched veneers of rare Celebes Ebony form tortoise-shell patterns that conceal a puzzle of secret drawers and doors. The cabinet appears to float on its mirrored base and the top is finished in high gloss black Carl Lacquer. Fully adjustable internal shelves and a well ventilated interior make this the chicest AV cabinet available. It can be made to any bespoke size in a wealth of exceptional and rare veneers.


The internationally acclaimed designer Christian Lyon is based in his native Australia and he was commissioned to create Matsuoka’s first collection for the international market. The launch has met with universal acclaim.