with a full range of massage functions, this ‘machine‘ has a compact and simple form, design by motohiro aoki, shuo sugie of homa applications design group and panasonic in-house designers

panasonic EP-MS40 massage chair in the japan good design award 09 exhibition during tokyo design week image © designboom

at first glance, nobody would think this was a massage chair. all aspects of this design have been newly developed, including its back height, its overall size, its round form comfortable design.

panasonic massage chair won japan good design award 09 the skeleton model of the massage chair. the massage mechanism is 18cm thick, 3cm slimmer than that of the previous model. the massage balls offer a strong massage by projecting up to about 6 cm.

see how it works http://panasonic.jp/massage_chair/sofa/flash/technology/#/01 http://panasonic.jp/massage_chair/sofa/flash/technology/#/02 http://panasonic.jp/massage_chair/sofa/flash/technology/#/03

panasonic massage chair won japan good design award 09

while reducing functions for massaging, panasonic added different values to the new products. the chair looks like a normal easy chair and has ten different colors to choose from to fit most interiors. size and price were cut by nearly half compared with those of its mainstay massage chair series.

panasonic massage chair won japan good design award 09its foot-massage feature stores away neatly