About

 
Luft-Tanaka
 
 

Originally from Kasugai, Japan, Luft moved to New York City in 2008 to study product design at the Parsons School of Design. In 2013, less than a year after graduation, Luft - along with two friends from school - pooled together their limited resources to launch a furniture, lighting, and homewares brand called Souda. Despite it's humble beginnings, Souda has grown into an internationally-distributed brand with clients such as Google, The Four Seasons, The Ritz-Carlton, Viceroy, and a number of celebrities. 

Luft's studio practice is his outlet for creative exploration that is unrestricted by an object's commercial viability. By drawing on his background in industrial design, Luft utilizes his intuitive understanding of a wide variety of materials to create art-objects that merge design, technology and craft.

Luft's works has been exhibited and sold at places like the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of Art and Design, the Noguchi Museum, Tokyo Design Week and Milan Design Week. His work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Wallpaper Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Metropolis, Sight Unseen, and countless others. 

Luft currently lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Shaun, and is a managing partner at Souda.