Meet the Makers: Takahashi McGil

In partnership with Toast, we meet the couple blending Japanese and Western woodwork techniques to create naturally beautiful homeware.

Together, Kaori Takahashi and Mark McGilvray are Takahashi McGil—a woodworking couple with two children and a fledgling furniture business. After meeting each other at Wimbledon School of Art, the pair married, moved to Torbay, Devon, and started their own studio following Mark’s forays into furniture-making in the garden shed. Their respect for nature is conveyed in their designs: lovingly hand-tooled furniture and homeware that has been thoughtfully designed to retain wood’s idiosyncrasies and live edges. Since founding the company in 2016, the pair have been initiated into the Devonshire Guild of Craftsmen, and now into the inaugural class of Toast’s New Makers program—a mentorship for designers working in contemporary crafts.

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