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The Seoto ("creek's sound") Chair won the Good Design Award in 2012. This chair successfully fulfilled what the designer set to achieve: a balance of beauty and functionality. To fully showcase the charm of natural solid wood, Kawakami implemented the sophisticated wood-curving techniques of the woodcrafter.
The Designer | Motomi Kawakami
Renowned designer Motomi Kawakami has won numerous awards for his design prowess both in Japan and abroad, including the Japan Triennale Gold Prize and the IF prize in Germany. At a young age, he practiced at the Angello Mangiarotti Architect Office in Milan.
Beech (polyurethane resin finish)
Oak (polyurethane resin finish)
Walnut (polyurethane resin finish)
*Oil finish option available.
The Maker | Hida
This beautiful yet practical ottoman is made by Hida Sangyo, a well respected furniture maker in Takayama, Japan, which has been building fine furniture for almost a century. It began when two travelers came to the town of Hida Takayama, a mountainous area near the Northern Japanese Alps, and passed down the technique of Western bentwood furniture. From here, a furniture company was born. To this day, Hida continues merge western aesthetics with traditional Japanese crafts techniques and local materials.