Torii is a simple yet subtly sophisticated wood chair, defined by its closely spaced back legs, broad seat, and small arched backrest. Its minimal appearance and simple construction hide a surprising amount of comfort and sturdiness, making it suitable for residential and commercial use. Torii is the Japanese name for the characteristic wood entrance arches to Shinto shrines in Japan, and translates directly into English as “bird perch”. This motif perfectly describes the chairs distinct proportions and traditional joinery, and the sense of harmony and calm inherent in design that is beautifully resolved.
Torii is available in White Oak, Black stained Ash, and Walnut, with leather or fabric upholstered seat. Black stained Ash version also available with a plywood seat.
W 49cm D 49cm H 76cm / W 19¼” D 19¼” H 30”
The name Torii comes from the characteristic wood entrance arches of Shinto shrines in Japan, which translates into English as “bird perch”. This motif perfectly describes the stools distinct proportions and traditional joinery, and the sense of harmony and calm inherent in design that is beautifully resolved.
Torii is constructed using traditional exposed mortise-and-tenon joinery for the legs which is strong and expresses the honest intent of the design. The arched back rest is cleverly oined to each back leg using two long steel dowels and epoxy glue. This ensures this critical joint will not fail or crack, while keeping the material thin and light. The finish is an advanced low build water-based polyurethane that gives the wood a natural open-grain appearance, which is smooth to the touch and durable. A solid aluminum foot rail protects the wood frame.
Torii has passed the European EN 15373, Level 2 test for commercial seating. The test simulates a 250 lbs person sitting down 100,000 times plus other strength and durability tests.
Available in Walnut, White Oak, and Black stained Ash with fabric or leather upholstered seats.