Design Gallery Moss have recently been adding new items to their selection of design, and it's these incredible vintage pieces from Taiwan-born, Tokyo-raised Leo Amino which we love.
Moss currently have four of Amino's works for sale - all of which are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the artist's estate.
Born in 1911, Amino immigrated to America in 1929, studying for two years at the San Mateo Junior College in California, and later, at the New York University.
He remained in New York after his education, and began to work for a Japanese firm that imported tropical woods. Whilst employed here, Amino became interested in the textural qualities of ebony, taking home samples of the wood to carve.
Although he had not received any formal art training, his interest in sculpture grew rapidly, and, in 1937, he studied briefly at the American Artists School in New York.
By 1939, Amino had attracted enough attention to exhibit at the World's Fair in New York, and he was given his first solo exhibition in 1940.
Since then, his work has been shown almost continuously in galleries and museums. In 1947 and 1950, he taught at the renowned Black Mountain College in North Carolina, joining the ranks of other legendary artists and designers who taught there, such as Anni Albers, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Elaine de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, and Walter Gropius.
Leo Amino's work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.