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.