Hara Kenya – TATAMIZA zaisu chair
Hara Kenya is the Chief Creative Director of Japan House London, a Professor at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University, President of Nippon Design Centre and Art Director of MUJI. His furniture designs aspire to create something akin to “an experience” rather than simply “an object”.
The TATAMIZA zaisu chair was born of Hara’s desire for an ideal chair to use in his den. Zaisu are low, Japanese floor chairs which are typically used in tatami mat rooms, often with a cushion on top for comfort. Though elegant in form, with a fluid design that recalls a one-stroke sketch, the TATAMIZA zaisu chair has been designed for practicality and back support. The chair was selected for permanent display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017.