naoto fukasawa: maruni collection 2013
naoto fukasawa: maruni collection 2013 naoto fukasawa: maruni collection 2013
apr 17, 2013

naoto fukasawa: maruni collection 2013

naoto fukasawa with his ‘hiroshima’ folding chairportrait © designboom




in its sixth year, the maruni collection continues its dedication to presenting a refined aesthetic sense and japanese craftsmanship through a small series of wood furniture, developed under the direction of naoto fukasawa. this year, the company presented fukasawa’s new folding chair–which envelopes the concept of his ‘hiroshima’ furniture series–his ‘malta’ table and ‘asian’ bench and stool at the salone del mobile 2013.



naoto fukasawa speaks with designboom about working on the maruni collection
video © designboom



‘hiroshima’ folding chair W498 x D552 x H816 x SH450 mm photo by yoneo kawabe




the ‘hiroshima’ folding chair is available in beech or oak.see more on designboom about the ‘hiroshima’ series by naoto fukasawa which includes the ‘hiroshima’ small table and ‘hiroshima’ small chair.



the folding chair is made from beech or oak wood photo by yoneo kawabe



detail of the simple hardware photo by yoneo kawabe



‘malta’ table photo by yoneo kawabe




the ‘malta’ table features a surface of pure simplicity made from oil-coated solid oak, with thick round cylindrical pillar legs that offer stability and a solid appearance. its straightforward appearance allows it to be easily accompanied by any chair.



cylindrical pillar legs give strength and a visual weight to the tablephoto by yoneo kawabe



detail of the pillar legsphoto by yoneo kawabe



‘asian’ bench photo by yoneo kawabe




‘asian’ bench is composed of a combination of square logs, and rectangular surfaces. offering additional functions as a display table or shelf, the deep rich brown finish characteristic of traditional asian furniture.


‘asian’ bench photo by yoneo kawabe



alternative views of the ‘asian’ benchphoto by yoneo kawabe




‘asian’ stoolphoto by yoneo kawabe



‘asian’ stoolphoto by yoneo kawabe



‘hiroshima’ folding chair displayed at the maruni booth during the 2013 salone del mobileimage © designboom



‘hiroshima’ folding chair by naoto fukasawa made was presented at the 2013 salone del mobileimage © designboom


image © designboom


  • This chair is just so ordinary it doesnt even deserve a “launch”… Honestly I expected more from both, Fukasawa and Maruni

    Udo says:
  • The folding chair is a redesign of the SE 18 by Egon Eiermann designed in 1952 (manufactured by Wilde & Spieth). Differing only in dedails. Did Mr. Fukasawa mention this?

    Hans Hagemeister says:
  • I guess once one gains a ‘name’ for ones self there is no need to be creative.
    Just put your name on it.
    Keep doing it or they will forget about you.
    It doesn’t matter what you do but keep producing something.
    Mae West said something like – “Honey, I don’t care what they say about me as long as they are talking about me.”

    Ron Smith says:
  • Hans is correct. Extremely similar. The folding chair is essentially just a reprod. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, but it really shouldn’t be celebrated by media outlets and websites that should know better.

    bruce says:

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