A beautiful example of contemporary Japanese design, this flexible chair features solid wood legs “sandwiched” between curved parts.
Launched as part of Tendo Makko’s Japanese Modern/80 Project that celebrated the 80th anniversary of the furniture brand, the Sand Chair is a beautiful example of contemporary Japanese design. Product designer and architect Koichi Futatsumata created the chair with a flexible build that allows the brand to convert the design into different seating options. Ingenious and distinctive, the chair takes its name not after sandy beaches, but from the “sandwiched” components that come together in perfect harmony. The design takes inspiration from the classic backless chairs that allow the user to sit from either the front of the back. However, the Sand Chair also allows the creation of various configurations. The furniture brand offers the series with or without backrests, armrests, or even in bench versions. Regardless of configuration, the collection features the same combination of solid wood legs “sandwiched” between curved plywood elements and connected with bolts.
While the legs have rectangular forms, the molded plywood boasts more organic shapes. The designs range from simple chairs with armrests and no backrest to armchairs and benches. As for the benches, they come with two or three connects seats or with two seats and a central table. To produce the Sand series, Tendo Mokko uses a blend of solid white beech for the legs and frame and molded maple plywood for the armrests, backrests, and seats. The collection comes in a Natural color that shows the wood grain or in Glossy Black and Wine Red versions. Additionally, customers can order the seating with or without upholstery, finished in fabric or synthetic leather. Photography © Tendo Mokko.