December Chair by Jasper Morrison & Wataru Kumano
Finnish company Nikari have just released this December chair by Jasper Morrison and Wataru Kumano - the final design in their Project 2012 Designs for Nature series, a collection of 12 limited edition furniture designs (one for each month of the year), each by a different designer or design studio.
The company, which specialises in the manufacture of wooden furniture, was founded in 1967 by master cabinet maker and designer Kari Virtanen who has in the past worked with great Finnish architects and designers like Alvar Aalton and Kaj Franck. Its designs are produced from sustainable wood sourced locally from forests close to their studio in Fiskar Village, a centre for art and design in Southwest Finland, where they have one of the oldest machinery workshops in the country. Each of their beautifully made pieces of furniture is designed to last for years and age gracefully.
A percentage of the proceeds of all sales of the pieces in the series will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund to support of their work in protecting rainforests and forests globally.
"We talked about the pleasure in making things and the idea of a chair that could be bought in a box and built at home. Considering Nikari's skill in wood work, we worked up the idea of a chair which could be made by following easy instructions. The core of the design is the seat frame which is already assembled, to which the legs and back rest structure are attached with a combination of screwing and glueing. It's a basic but comfortable low chair with a slightly rural character and definite scandinavian influence, the kind of chair you would have in a country house near the fire, though it could work in a city apartment or a hotel lobby just as well."
Jasper Morrison & Wataru Kumano
Here are some of the previous month's designs. You can view the full collection here.
November table by Louise Campbell
June chandelier by Mikko Paakkanen
April tables by Alfredo Häberli