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The sensitive light chair

What defines a good chair?
With so many definitions of good chairs, a lightweight chair is one of the answers we sought this time. The chair is so light that anyone can lift it with one hand to move it from room to room or upstairs without any trouble. The chair has a quiet looks and exudes a spruce presence. Silence and simplicity are Japan’s forte, which creates value. The chair is inconspicuousness without embellishments but inspires thoughts of the dignity that can only dwell in the craftwork carefully fashioned by hand with attention to detail.
The manufacturing factory for the sensitive light chair is located in Hida Takayama, Gifu Prefecture. To add resonance to the quiet appearance that reflects a sense of the Japanese spirituality, we made a bold attempt to reduce the thickness of the frames and other components of the overall structure as much as possible. To compensate for thinner components, the design incorporates the structure of traditional Japanese architecture and traditional Windsor chairs to provide the necessary strength. After forming the components into rough shapes, a special tool called the Nanjing plate is used in most processes to shape each component from the rear legs and the back column to the front legs using the hands of skilled craftsmen to finish the chair. Not all craftsmen are capable of this process while identifying the individual characteristics of the wood — a specialist smooths out each joint by hand to finish all components. This process completes the chair that embraces a sense of dignity.
What we wanted for this chair was to trim the weight yet maintain its strength, which is contradictory, with the aim of seeking the best of both worlds. For that, the chair conforms to the traditional pattern of jabbing bars with Nuki joints that connect the four legs into each leg. The chair uses joints for interlacing and unifying the main seat frame with the legs without using a corner block at the back of the seat to add strength as with regular chairs. The Nuki joints are employed to distribute the force to the slim legs with the proper balance and maintain strength. Another element where we paid extra attention was to complete the back of the chair with a sense of smooth unity. Instead of focusing on the visible parts, we made the less visible back of the seat beautiful by embracing the combination of its high-quality appearance with painstaking craftsmanship and a unified look. In addition, the elimination of unique elements makes it the most simplified design as a chair, as well as preclude the inevitability of adding a straightforward element as a structural element, which gave birth to the shape of this chair.
We selected white wood for this chair because the rustic texture and design would convey an honest message. Our idea was to use white ash because of its viscosity and durability and to increase the strength; the texture of the white wood determines the presence of the chair, which is why we used two types of wood: white ash and walnut, which are both popular. The white ash materials are processed with a soap finish to maintain the natural expression in its pure form and for longer utilization. The soap finish process employs soap as the main ingredient. While soap derived from natural ingredients is a safe finishing agent, its weakness is the ease with which it becomes dirty after several years of use. Even so, we used a soap finish as the only way to preserve the beautiful surface of the white wood. This method is widely used in northern European furniture, and soap is used to wash soiled wood. This finish enhanced the white wood’s quiet spruce appearance.
Item No. I-271 / I-272 / I-281 / I-282

Size: W450×D514×H780×SH450 / W500×D514×H780×SH450×AH630

Frame:
PIANISSIMO
White Ash - Soap / Black

CRESCENDO
Walnut - Beeswax

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Fabric upholstered(F) / Leather upholstered(L)

Height of chairs and tables have two different sizes for Japan and Europe.

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We have a semi-order system for fabrics on sofas and chairs. Fabrics can be selected from our collection of 111 types of our
original fabrics and leather. You can choose to coordinate with furniture you already have.

A wide variety of fabrics, as well as our original ones, are available.
There are some fabrics, which are not suitable depending on the products so ask our staff for details.

The color / feel of products may differ slightly from products depending on shutter / browser condition and computer screen.

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We have a semi-order system for fabrics on sofas and chairs. Fabrics can be selected from our collection of 106 types of our original fabrics and leather. You can choose to coordinate with furniture you already have.

A wide variety of fabrics, as well as our original ones, are available.
There are some fabrics, which are not suitable depending on the products so ask our staff for details.

The color / feel of products may differ slightly from products depending on shutter / browser condition and computer screen.

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ビーズワックス - ソープフィニッシュ - 鉄水 黒

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We have 7 types of wood, 5 shades of dye colors, 4 shades of specular finish colors,
and 9 shades of paint-out colors that our customers can choose from. For the finish,
we have a choice of oil finish using plant-derived oil, and urethane clear finish.
The type of wood and finish will depend on the design of the product.

The color / feel of products may differ slightly from products depending on shutter / browser condition and computer screen.

The sensitive light chair

Price / Variation

"PIANISSIMO" I-271 Side chair
W450×D514×H780×SH450
"PIANISSIMO" I-272 Arm chair
W500×D514×H780×SH450×AH630
"CRESCENDO" I-281 Side chair
W450×D514×H780×SH450
"CRESCENDO" I-282 Arm chair
W500×D514×H780×SH450×AH630

The sensitive light chair