Monday, November 2, 2009

Chair #306

—Designed by Isamu Kenmochi

Actually, the full name of the chair is "Sculptural Japanese Chair for Sumo Wrestler." Wacky, I know. Kenmochi designed this chair as an homage to a big and beefy famous Japanese Sumo wrestler named Kashiwado Tsuyosh (1938–1996). The designer took weeks to produce this sculptural chair. The wood he chose was just as important as the design of the chair. He started by cutting numerous blocks of the bottom roots from a Japanese cedar, then he carefully selected the pieces of wood with the most tree-rings. The blocks were stacked onto each-other forming layers. Suddenly I am craving sake and sushi.

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