The Japanese designer handpainted wood grain to bring out the natural patterns
Launched at the recent Stockholm Furniture Fair, Yuki Yoshikawa’s Grain Chair delicately highlights the unique, organic patterns of wood through color. The Japanese designer and co-founder of NANASHI products decided not to reinvent the chair’s form but rather to emphasize the natural beauty of high quality materials. In order to achieve the desired aesthetic, gouache was used to handpaint indigenous Japanese kalopanax wood. Once painted, the wood was then sanded down and repainted in a process that was repeated several times. The kalopanax serves as the chair’s back and seat, while the chair’s legs and structure are made from cherry wood. The cherry wood provides a complementary, monochromatic contrast to the rainbow of green, blue and red shades that are inspired by the colors of nature.