Oji & Design are a Japanese company who make stripped-down products that improve everyday life. If you are in Paris next week, you can view a mini presentation of their work at Craftslab; an exhibition of simple modern products by Japanese and French artisans.
I love the quirky utilitarian beauty of their wooden tea set, brooms with umbrella handles and lunch boxes. They also make an incredible 'low chair' for an infant. Like a high chair but much lower, the chair can be used as a coffee table with storage once the child gets older.