Photography:  Yukiko Onley


In Element Designs

In Element Designs is Vancouver-based studio producing original furniture.  A collaboration between Seiji's life time partner, Himali Kuwabara, I E has been introducing sophisticated, well-designed and constructed organic furniture since 2003.  Since it’s beginning, their production style has always been “made to order, not mass-produced furniture using minimal materials” because they deeply care for the environment and understand its limited resources. They keep close relationship with each client who share the same philosophy, often come back as repeat clients. Besides their collection series, they work with clients closely to create custom-made furniture and interiors.   Their range of work is extensive: cabinets, tables, chairs, bed frames, lighting, decorative accessories and shelves.  IE has designed interiors for many restaurants and other businesses such as cafes and hair salons in and around Vancouver.  In Element clients love the company’s elegant, handmade furniture, which brings functionality, simplicity and peacefulness to their space. With left over materials from furniture projects, they also create small accessories and jewelries, (deep forest jewelry), as their second line.

Seiji Kuwabara

Born and raised in Japan, Seiji Kuwabara has called British Columbia home since 1991.  Entirely self-taught, he has gradually built his reputation as a furniture designer with meticulous workmanship and exceptional designs.   His work has been shipped as far as Ireland, New York, London and Singapore.   In addition, he has created more than 200 pieces of original furniture designs and 50 lighting pieces since 2000.

Himali Kuwabara

Born in Japan, Himali Kuwabara has always being passionate about art/designs.  Being adventurous, Himali solely moved to Vancouver at the age of 16.  Upon meeting with Seiji, Himali was then an explorer of applied and performing arts, gradually established her role as an art director of original furniture design company, In Element Designs.  She enjoys managing each project with clients globally while raising their beautiful two children.