September 16, 2011

Luukku Chair by Satoshi Ohtaki

It might very well be due to our recent obsession with this book, but we couldn’t help but notice that this curiously-detailed ‘Luukku’ chair created by the Japanese-born architect, designer and the Aalto University School of Engineering student Satoshi Ohtaki is in fact, smiling.Currently on view as part of the ‘Protoshop’ exhibition at Helsinki’s Habitare design fair, the simple chair ‘was designed to bring out elastic nature of ash’ and features a a distinctive, violin-like opening created by an extremely-thin (4mm) top board which ‘bends under the weight of the sitter and enables soft sitting on a hard material.’‘Luukkuu’ is one of the 11 new prototypes by 13 designers working in Finland which are on show at Protoshop.