A chair on the vertical axis – side chair (NEW)

The stage of Kiyomizu

The Japanese expression “jump from the stage of Kiyomizu.” is the Japanese equivalent of the English phrase “to take the plunge.”

These words express a strong determination to jump from the famous Kiyomizu Temple stage, a platform that juts from a sheer cliff. Despite the cliff that made the construction challenge, the stage was built with an earthquake-resistant structure. 

It is assembled in a traditional Japanese construction method called kakezukuri, in which timbers in a vertical and horizontal lattice support each other through joints.

A chair on the vertical axis abstracts this traditional construction method, which has supported Japanese temples for over 1,500 years, as a chair structure and design. The joints where vertical and horizontal lines intersect join flexibly as in the human body. 

The backrest, carved into an oval form from solid wood, creates a chair of a simple and neat appearance that gently accepts a resting body.