Reiko Tanabe: Murai stool

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Reiko Tanabe: Murai stool
Designed for Tendo Japan, 1961.

Part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The Murai stool is a fabulous yet hard to find icon of modern design. This wonderful stool has clean modern lines. Yet, for all it's beauty, it is surprisingly hard to find. This stool consists out of 3 parts which are connected to each other with a special process. The process to connect the 3 parts together is only mastered by a few Japanese craftsmen. The quality and finish is unsurpassed. All this beauty and craftsmenship doesn't come cheap, but then again, it was intended to be a quality and exclusive product.

Material: molded teak edge grain wood.

Height: 14.71'' (360 mm)
Width: 17.72'' (450 mm)
Depth: 17.09'' (434 mm)

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Reiko Tanabe: Reiko Tanabe was born in Tokyo in 1934. In 1957, she graduated the Jyoshibi University of Art and Design and started working for Fujimori KenjiÕs company. In 1961, she was awarded a prize in the first Tendo woodwork furniture design competition for her Murai Stool (Murai is her maiden name) which became a top selling item from the same company. Following this success, and the advertisement of Tendo woodwork in foreign magazines, the curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York decided to keep the stool as a permanent exhibit In 1967. she established the Tanabe Reiko Design office doing architectural work and interior design for offices, hospitals, and houses.