To honour our In Search of Takumi series, we have partnered with Sky Arts on a competition where we celebrate the 5 Takumi crafts of metal, leather, glass, wood and paper. Simply upload a photo of your selected craft (which can be your actual craft or a drawing or design of your craft) and a winner will be chosen by our independent panel of craft masters!
We will be highlighting a craft and their Takumi craft master for each week, but you can submit any craft of choice throughout the promotional period. Terms and conditions apply.
Example of leather crafts include: shaping, painting, carving, cutting and dyeing. Home projects might include purses, bags, belts and stationary.
Takumi is an ancient Japanese concept and tradition that expresses the essence of artisan craftsmanship. And it’s what underpins our entire production process. Our Takumi master craftsmen all have highly refined senses, and have undergone exacting training over many years. Committed to the best results, they continue to give their time, spending as long as it takes to create exceptional vehicles and amazing experiences, fusing traditional techniques with modern technologies. Each Lexus Takumi master craftsman has at least a quarter century of experience. Together, they bring their unparalleled skill, knowledge and intuition to every stage of the car-making process.
In Search of Takumi is a series of five films that draw parallels between the fine Takumi craftsmanship in Lexus cars and highly skilled artisans in the UK. Each episode focused on a different Lexus car and material with an expert British craftsperson creating a bespoke piece inspired by the design of the vehicle, and crafted from the material featured within it.
The first artisan to feature in our In Search of Takumi series of films, Ingrams is considered one of the best young leatherworkers in Britain, having completed an apprenticeship at the revered Bill Amberg Studio.
Now Otis owns his own studio, OTZI, which he set up in 2013 to create bespoke pieces, all crafted by hand and using only the finest materials. For Otis, the handmade nature of a certain product or object imbues it with a quality that machines and computers just cannot recreate.
We met Otis at his North London studio, as he was putting the finishing touches on a unique leather seat inspired by the design and Takumi craftsmanship in the Lexus LC.
So how did the award-winning design of the Lexus LC influence the sleek shape of the chair? “The LC is incredibly sculptural,” remarked Otis, as he inspects the stunning Sonic Silver Lexus LC 500h. “Part of the Lexus LC that I focused on was the interior panel of the door. It’s got a smooth appearance and really nice flowing lines.”