1960's Japanese Design Wrestles Its Way Into the 21st Century

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Feb 2, 2009 • References: &
The Kashiwado Chair was created for a famous Sumo wrestler named, of all things, Kashiwado. Tendo Japan manufactured the Isamu Kenmochi design in 1961. The original had a polished cedar frame overlaid with carved, layered cedar blocks. Kenmochi was known for his combination of traditional materials with new technologies and modern aesthetics.

Though it is a Japanese design, it was influenced by the lifestyle of the post-WWII West. The chair has been recreated and is available through various distributors from the sixty-year-old plywood furnishings manufacturer Tendo Mokko. Stats for Sumo Chairs Trending: Older & Chilly
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