Akio Hayakawa Offers a Minimalist Take on an Ergonomic Chair Design

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 3, 2014
References: akiohayakawa.jp & design-milk
Loaded with levers, handles and moving parts, the designs of ergonomic chairs may be comfortable, but not always the most attractive. Opting for a minimalist approach to ergonomic furniture design, Akio Hayakawa's 'Portrait in Chair' employs simplicity to deliver back support with a form that plays off one of the most basic seating configurations.

The chair itself is made from ordinary materials like maple wood and MDF, but something about the chair's familiar form doesn't look quite as it seems it should, because the seat and back rest have been slightly knocked to one side at an angle. These angles make the chair looks like it would be uncomfortable to sit on, but Hayakawa's design brings a slight change in position, which would allow its users to sit much more freely in it.