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Kashiwado Modern Japanese Chair by Isamu Kenmochi

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Isamu Kenmochi founded the Japan Industrial Designers Association and collaborated also with Isamu Noguchi on several projects. In 1961, he designed the Kashiwado Modern Japanese Chair, created for a famous sumo wrestler of the same name.

The chair is as much a piece of sculpture as it is a piece of furniture, created by carving out block of Japanese cedar, which has been specifically selected for having the most rings. Each chair takes several weeks to make. It will perhaps be unsurprising then to learn that this is possibly the most expensive chair we’ve featured on this website, costing a staggering $12,400.00 (over £6,000).

If you have that amount to spend on a stylish, but not particularly comfortable looking chair, you can order one from Nova68.

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