Kimonos are immediate signifiers of luxuriant relaxation, and designer Pablo Carballal hopes to pass that feeling on in furniture form with his Kimono Armchair. In both form and outline, the lounge seat pays tribute to the traditional Japanese garment subtly — "halfway between immediate evidence and excessive distance," according to Carballal.
Part of the reference to kimonos comes from the flowing form of the wood that makes up the chair. The arms gently rise and curve over the outer edge of the chair in the same way that a kimono's fabric covers the body while also flowing outward at the lapels and around the ankles. Further, from a bird's eye view, the chair has the outline of a person wearing a kimono.