2023 October 4

Usurai Table


The charm of the Usurai table lies in its combination of simplicity and exquisite details, supported by a blend of masterful craftsmanship and advanced manufacturing techniques. Throughout the production process, it was referred to as the "simple table" due to its remarkable qualities of simplicity, versatility, and multifunctionality.

The name "Usurai" which translates to "thin ice" in Japanese, was chosen by the designer, often guided by instinct. It's intriguing to speculate that the thin layers of plywood used in the table's construction might symbolize the delicate nature of ice, drawing a subtle connection between the table and the concept of fragility and elegance embodied by thin ice.

While molded plywood may appear more industrial than solid wood, crafting molded plywood can be viewed as a form of industrial craftsmanship, taking into consideration the sophisticated machining processes it undergoes. Products with craftsmanship reflected in them naturally draw attention. The Usurai table, together with the Kawara Armchair, exemplify this concept.

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