Oak – Beeswax
IE-091 lounge chair
This chair comprises a wooden frame with wide, comfortable armrests combined with a sheet of thick tanned leather. Although at a glance the armrests appear to be flat, they have in fact been given very slight, soft curves, which provide gentle comfort. The seat comprises two pieces of thick leather sewn together to create a single sheet. Over time, this strong tanned leather sheet will gradually mold to fit your body each time you sit in the chair. This kind of thick leather cannot easily be processed by just any chair factory. The entire production process, from cutting the leather to sewing, is carried out at a bag factory in Toyooka City that produces flight cases for airline pilots. The willow basketry techniques, which started some 1,200 years ago in Toyooka, developed into the bag manufacturing industry, and today it is the region’s main production industry with more than 300 bag-related businesses. The single leather sheet used in this chair continues seamlessly from the backrest to the seat, and because of this construction, the seat’s firmness and comfort cannot be adjusted using urethane cushion or springs as is the case with ordinary chairs. The angle and sinking of the backrest and seat depend on only the extent of the tautness of the leather, and this delicate balance is directly connected to the chair’s comfort. Through repeated adjustments and corrections, we searched for a fine balance that realizes optimum tautness and comfort. To ensure that the chair’s style does not create unevenness in the connection parts of leather and wood when the sheet is inserted, just the areas of the stile
covered by the leather sheet are shaved down by the thickness of the leather. In addition to its role in creating a beautiful appearance, this difference in surface levels in the stile also functions as a stopper preventing the leather sheet from shifting. The stile itself is not a simple column; rather, it has been crafted to gradually widen from the tip, so that it firmly fixes the seat in place. In chairs using single sheets of leather, many designs secure the seat by attaching several thick belts and large buckles at the back of the seat. The design of Sunset, however, achieves a clean, uncluttered back by covering the metal plates with the edge of the leather, and fixing it with the wooden frame by brass bolts. Here, we aimed to create a chair exuding a calming sense of presence that can be your lifelong companion.