about us


MOTARASU gathers Japanese and Danish designers in one brand, thereby emphasising the common design styles and traditions. Both nations have long and proud design traditions and a lot in common when it comes to designing beautiful and functional furniture.

Selected to bring joy

At MOTARASU, we live by the philosophy that we should surround ourselves with beautiful, quality furniture and interior that is specially selected to bring joy.

MOTARASU was founded in Denmark in 2019 by Mikkel Zebitz. Like many other Danes before him, Mikkel was inspired by the distinct Japanese design and aesthetics. But where classic Danish design icons as well as contemporary designers to a wide extent merely have let Japan act as an inspiration, Mikkel wanted to change this – “motarasu” means “to change” in Japanese – by uniting the designers of the two nations to create contemporary design together.

“There is a clear common thread in the design style of Japan and Denmark, both nations focusing on the beauty of raw materials, quality and a simplistic philosophy. I wanted to establish a platform for designers from both countries to be able to inspire and be inspired by each other.”

– Mikkel Zebitz
Bamboo pendant lighting placed in a dining room, by the window

Art and nature are the key elements in all of MOTARASU designs and the end-result are poetic, tactile and functional objects. MOTARASU works out of the showroom in Copenhagen with private clients, architects, galleries, and high-end retailers internationally.

When less is more


Danish design has been highly influenced by Japanese design for over 150 years, since 1853 when Japan opened its borders towards the rest of the world after centuries of being closed. The design styles of the two countries are very similar, both focusing on simplicity, premium materials and craftsmanship.
Close up of bamboo pendant with lights on

Japanese design

Much like Nordic design traditions, Japanese design is often associated with minimalism. Japanese design seeks to eliminate unnecessary decorations and let the material and function of the furniture speak for itself. Ties to the past are very visible in contemporary Japanese design, with a profound respect for old traditions, craftmanship and ancient techniques.
Focus of the design process is on simplicity and function. A piece of furniture should be as beautiful seen from the back as from the front. The natural surfaces of the materials are often the only décor on a design object. This simplistic approach derives from the idea that beauty is found in simple things, in less rather than more.

Danish design

Less is definitely also more when it comes to Danish design. Clean lines and a love for materials are at the heart of Danish design. A product should first serve a purpose and aim to help solve a problem: form follows function.

Factors such as a scarcity of raw material have led to a great respect for materials and a simplistic approach to design in Denmark as well as Japan. This means that any excess details are often eliminated in Danish design, letting the shapes and material of the product be the decoration in itself. The raw material stands out in its own right, and often the natural surface of a material such as the lines of the wood is emphasised as a key design element of the product.

Our logo
Our logo
For MOTARASU, the understanding and experience of space is essential, which can be clearly seen in our logo. The lines of the logo form a characteristic hexagon, symbolising the shape of a room or a house. MOTARASU is about the meeting between two cultures, which together create a new unity. The same way, the lines of the logo come together to create a new unity: the letter M.