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Issue 8 · Wabi-Sabi Week · February 24, 2012

Modular Furniture from Japan

Issue 8 · Wabi-Sabi Week · February 24, 2012

Furniture maker Yosuke Kimura is a devotee of the belief that "form follows function," and his modular pieces are a perfect expression of the modernist creed.

Last year, Kimura opened Building Fundamental Furniture, offering classic midcentury pieces as well as his own line of seven streamlined designs. We are particularly drawn to Fundamental Furniture's flexible seating system that adapts to a family's ever-changing needs. Kimura omits all extraneous decoration in his designs, which are fabricated in a woodworking shop in the suburbs of Tokyo by young craftsmen. See the full line at Building Fundamental Furniture.

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Above: The frames of Kimura's flexible seating system comes in a choice of ash, oak, black cherry, or ash; fabrics are available in in 39 colors. The system is available in Japan only and pieces start at ¥71,400 (approximately $900). See Building Fundamental Furniture for more information.

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Above: A corner seat; ¥99,750.

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Above: While the armless seat can work on its own, it can also be used as a module to create a sofa; ¥92,400.

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Above: The ottoman; ¥71,400.

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Above: A configuration that features all of the possible components.



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