Hiroshima chair by Naoto Fukasawa for Maruni
Published on March 9, 2012
Designed by Naoto Fukasawa, Hiroshima Chair is a Japanese produced piece combining traditional and modern techniques. Forming part of a collection for Maruni, the line-up is a series of beech and oak made products with a non-painted finish, showing the natural grain of the wood. The quality and the details of the wood give to the product the perfection. Moreover, Naoto is an extremely talented designer who loves the idea of a wooden chair. Something that has become the world standard and has more of a industrial art-like handmade warmth with less focus on the design.
Nevertheless, what we really appreciate is the extra information the video provides about the process. How the different parts are produced, assembled and manufactured again. Hiroshima is a furniture collection about chairs and tables with simple, subtle structures that highlight the natural wood used, and which have no restrictions placed on them regarding places in which they are used – it is envisaged that they be used everywhere. One may choose either beech or oak. The gentle curve from the back along the arm is very appealing. The roomy seat can be used not only as a dining chair, but as a lounge chair too. The tapering of the sides of the arms, the seat of the chair and the table accentuate the beauty of the light shining on their surfaces.