This award-winning wooden chair represents how the environment and sustainability have become increasingly important in the world of design, and how the top furniture makers in Japan are investing in new techniques to realize their design visions.
"Kinoe," which means "tree branch" in Japanese, is a 2016 collection that features a unique top rail made of cedar and cypress branches, which were previously seen as "useless waste" by the timber industry. The maker took on the challenge of processing a material of non-uniform shape, and succeeded in making this beautiful bench.
The tree branches used for the top rail are polished and perfectly smooth while keeping their natural shapes. No two Kinoe Benches are exactly the same.
The eclectic designer Ibuki Kaiyama went to Tokyo University of Art for graduate school studying design. He tries to explore new possibilities of wood in not only his fine art and crafts pieces, but also in his unique product designs.