The principle of our product has been a “quiet appearance”. However, we are sometimes tempted to go beyond our own principle. For this table, the tabletop was designed with a rim, resembling a lotus leaf. In order to create the rim, the tabletop surface was carved, leaving the outer side of the smooth tabletop so that it is slightly raised outward. The appearance has a Japanese atmosphere, as of a lotus leaf floating in the pond of a temple or shrine.
The table legs are streamlined like airplane wings, in order to hide their existence as much as possible. It was finished to form a line on the cut end surface, while the center part bulges out.
Our basic idea of furniture is an essential element, next to the things that form a space, such as floors, walls, and ceilings. Furniture is a basis of life and changes the quality of living spaces. We believe that it should meet various requirements, such as fitting in with living spaces and quietly existing with a natural appearance. We desired to provide a quiet movement to our uniquely defined furniture. We think that a solid design, as a physical and functional element, within the movement is required. Although ideas are only a design element, it is impossible to have a design and durability for everyday use, if there is only a superficial expression or an interesting but extemporary functional idea.
Users would soon figure out a design with a superficial idea. Our desire is the creation of long-lasting durable products. It is a mission for creators, a respect for materials, and a decent model of expression for users. For Japanese-made products, the materials have been carefully handled, allowing for functional and long-term use of the materials. The materials have been creatively used to enable repair, in cases where the products are broken. Based upon these premises, the table was completed in our factory in Asahikawa, after numerous production tests using a different approach than before.