Name: Akimoku Dining Table
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Akimoku Dining Table is a minimalist design created by Japan-based design firm Nendo. A furniture collection designed for Edition Blue by Otsuka that takes advantage of the unique techniques and skills of Akimoku (Akita Mokko), Japan’s only specialist bentwood furniture maker. Nendo selected a number of pieces from the firm’s 102-year archive, then modified them to emphasise the charm of the bentwood details, simplify parts to reduce costs and add new functionality.
Their process of reforming and updating aimed to bring out the distinctive nature of the existing designs, while keeping down costs such as new metal molds and fixtures. So they turned the legs of a stool upside down and used them as the legs for a low table, and reused the legs of a dining table as the legs for a workbench-style table.
Photography by Akihiro Yoshida