Naoto Fukasawa unveils Kamuy wooden furniture collection for Conde House

Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has applied his trademark minimal approach to a range of wooden tables and chairs for furniture manufacturer Conde House.

Kamuy wooden furniture collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Conde House

Available in both dark and light versions, the Kamuy chairs come with solid wood or fabric-covered seats and feature a tilted arched backrest.

Kamuy wooden furniture collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Conde House

The frame of the chair forms an A-shape when viewed from the side, and the arms taper and flatten out slightly in the middle to provide an elbow rest.

Kamuy wooden furniture collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Conde House

"When producing chairs in collaboration with Conde House, I thought to create chairs that were not limited to the fixed concept of 'Japanese dining' but that could be used for a long time in many different places," said Fukasawa, who recently designed a stripped-back passenger lift for electronics brand Hitachi and a homeware range for Muji.

"I used the experience from my previous designs to maximise sitting comfort. I designed the chair with walnut in mind but I think we were able to get a Hokkaido flavour from the local oak as well."

Kamuy wooden furniture collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Conde House

"No individuality is the mark of Kamuy," he added. "It is a design that is at home anywhere in the world."

Kamuy wooden furniture collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Conde House

The tables in the collection are equally minimal, and have slightly rounded corners and slim legs that echo the forms of the chair. They are available in both large and small sizes, with the option of choosing legs positioned at the corners or further under the horizontal surface.

The wood veneer on the tabletop has been randomly matched – which means varying sizes, colours and grains are placed alongside one another.

Kamuy wooden furniture collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Conde House

"These new designs are the fruition of the combination of Mr Fukasawa's sense of form and the technique and skill of the wood furniture producing area of Asahikawa, Hokkaido," said Conde House.

"The name Kamuy comes from the word 'kamuy-mintara' and it means 'the garden of the gods' in the native language of the Japanese indigenous Ainu people," added Fukasawa.

Kamuy wooden furniture collection by Naoto Fukasawa for Conde House

Conde House previsouly collaborated with Japanese design studio Nendo to launch a collection of furniture with components that looked like they had been peeled away from stems, and a zig-zagging wooden bookshelf.

The Kamuy collection was unveiled during Tokyo Design Week 2015, which ran from 24 to 28 October 2015.