A beautiful piece of furniture can complete a room. It can be the final piece that makes a space come full circle, building a comfortable and cohesive haven, rather than a random area. Furniture pieces make or break a home, they add to the essence or soul of a home, hence one needs to be extremely picky while choosing a furniture design. The design should be a reflection of you, and what you want your home to be. When you place a piece of furniture in a room, it should instantly integrate with the space, creating a wholesome and organic environment. And, there’s something about a simple, minimalist, and well-done furniture design that completely wins my heart – for example, the ‘Sand’ Chair by Koichi Futatsumata.
Designer: Koichi Futatsumata
Designed by product designer and architect Koichi Futatsumata, the Sand Chair was launched as a part of Tendo Makko’s Japanese Modern/80 Project celebrating the 80th anniversary of the furniture brand. The Sand Chair is the epitome of contemporary Japanese design, and it has a unique flexible build, that allows it to be converted into multiple seating options. Now, if you’re wondering, the chair isn’t actually named after the sand found on beaches, it is named after the ‘sandwiched’ components that come together to create this harmonious chair.
The Sand Chair draws inspiration from the classic backless chairs, that allow the user to sit from both the front and the back. It is available in a variety of configurations – without backrests, armrests, or even bench versions. Despite the multiple variations, the essence of the chair remains the same – a fluid combination of solid wooden legs ‘sandwiched’ between curved plywood elements, and held together by bolts.
To build the Sand Chair, the brand utilized a blend of solid white beech for the legs and frame and molded maple plywood for the armrests, backrests, and seats. The entire collection is available in a natural color that allows the wood grain to truly flourish, or in glossy black and wine-red versions. Customers can opt for seating with or without upholstery, finished in fabric or synthetic leather.