Isamu Kenmochi: Kashiwado Modern Japanese Chair
Designed for Tendo Japan, 1961
The Kashiwado chair is a fabulous yet hard to find icon of modern design, a work of art, a master piece.
Stunning in every way, perfect for upscale residential and commercial projects.
A spectacular piece of sculpture which still maintains
its principal function: seating. The Kashiwado chair will be custom made for you by the original workshop in Japan.
Designed by Isamu Kenmochi for Tendo Japan in 1961.
The Kashiwado chair was actually created for a famous Sumo wrestler named Kashiwado from that time.
This chair is truly a work of art which takes several weeks to create.
Craftsmen first cut out several blocks of the bottom roots of a Japanese cedar (Sugi).
They carefully select the best wood with most tree-rings. The blocks are carved and layered on top of each other with a special process.
The chair is polished and coated afterwards.
FREE delivery within the US!
Custom made in Japan.
Please allow 12-16 weeks for this chair to arrive.
Isamu Kenmochi was born in Tokyo in 1912 and died in 1971. In 1932 he started working on a standard prototype of chair with Kappei Toyoguchi under Bruno Taut at the National Academy of Industrial Arts in Japan. Isamu Kenmochi also worked together with Isamu Noguchi on several projects. In 1952, he founded the Japan Industrial Designers Association with Riki Watanabe and Sori Yanagi and in 1955 he established his Design Laboratory. After that, he received Gold prize for his work at the Japanese display at the World Exhibition in Brussels. He later created a variety of interior designs for the Keio Plaza hotel and in 1964, his most famous work, the Lounge Chair, was selected as a permanent exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
His Kashiwado chair is part of the permanent collection of the modern collection of the Philadelphia Art Museum.
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