japanese designer LoHA creates modular children’s chair using japanese traditional wooden box that is originally used to measure rice in japan and is also a lucky charm. his main goal is to create a furniture piece that evolves with the child and records their growth as well. it’s more of a toy than a furniture piece with the intention to engage parents with their children as they build this chair.
images courtesy of hiroshi yamada
the height of the chair’s legs can be adjusted by stacking the boxes on top of each other and armrests as well as backrests can be added. hiroshi yamada of LoHA believes that this process creates a connection between parents and their kids making the chair a fun item. this piece of furniture is built with ready-made three ‘syaku’, a traditional unit of volume, rather than custom-built wooden boxes. it is made of ‘cypress’ which is the raw material of the japanese traditional wooden box. the material is soft and comfortable to sit on but easily scratched– something that the designer doesn’t mind at all as it accumulates memories of the child’s growth. hiroshi yamada believes that this chair creates a catalyst for communication between parents and children by the simple act of stacking wood.
name: masuisu-chair made of japanese traditional wooden box
edited by: yasmina karam | designboom