The Miyazaki Chair Factory collection is now exclusively available in the UK through Aram Store and Aram Contracts and will be officially launched during London Design Festival 16 – 23 September 2017. Established in 1969 in Tokushima, Japan, the company produces wooden furniture to the highest design and production standards. By adhering to the highest quality criteria in the two fundamental elements of ‘creation’ and ‘technique’, their core philosophy was born: ‘chairs nobody else can make’. Whilst the focus is still on seating, they have since introduced tables in to their range.
The London Design Festival exhibition brings together chairs from Danish design hero Kai Kristiansen, Inoda+Sveje, Andreas Kowalewski and Japanese designers Murasawa Kazuteru and Yoshinaga Keishi, placing past masterpieces alongside new designs.
The No. 42 chair (1960-61) by Kristiansen is perhaps the most recognisable chair in the collection. When designing his series of wooden chairs in the 60s the designer wanted them to be manufactured only in Japan because of the high standard of manufacturing available there. Later, in the late 2000s, began the collaboration with Miyazaki Chair Factory. The Japanese/Danish connection continues with a large output of new works from design duo Kyoko Inoda (Japan) and Nils Sveje (Denmark) who work under the name Inoda+Sveje.
Every part that goes to make up each product is manufactured in the factory. This ensures full quality control over the entire range. Products have been awarded the Japanese industry ‘Good Design Award’ for the past fourteen years. Craftspeople are local and have worked in the company for many years. Additionally, recent years have seen an increase in young people travelling long distances to work in production as they are so interested in learning the traditional skills of chair making.
The factory began to develop its own designs in 2000 in collaboration with new designers. With a focus on innovation the chair becomes a thing of beauty, with a sculptural nature that symbolises the fusion of form and material. For example, the DC10 (above, left) chair is a sinuously curved form with a sharp line dividing the inside surface from the outside, whilst the characteristic feature of the DC09 (above, right) is the shaped seat which is shaved as thin as possible.
Private View – Monday 18 September 2017 – 6pm to 9pm
Panel Discussion hosted by Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs at 7pm