Old Japanese mansions had moveable partitions called tsuitate for dividing room space. A tsuitate was placed on a raised area of the floor at the entrance to the room to keep the interior of the mansion hidden from the sight of visitors. Painting and sculptures were depicted within the wooden frame of a tsuitate to provide a stately presence at the entrance. The concept of the legs that support a tsuitate as well as its general structural idea was used to develop the legs of this table.
To enhance the overall structure, the two legs of the table are connected using a beam underneath the tabletop and the beam that sits on the floor, creating a simple structure that looks like the frame of a tsuitate, and which helps to maintain a stable balance. To give a pleasantly soft impression to the table, as opposed to the stiff impression given by a tsuitate, the edges of the legs are carefully sanded to achieve a smooth shape. The cross-section of the two vertical support pillars is sculpted to an oval, natural and organic shape that matches the design of the legs.
To give a feeling of softness when seated at the table — especially where the user’s legs may come into contact with the table’s leg — all components are shaped to achieve an organic connection while maintaining just the right level of tension in the form of the table’s legs.
The legs of this table are strategically placed to allow the user to pull up a chair and sit at any position at the table. We believe that the most important function of a table is the capability to enable a user to sit freely at any angle, allowing stress-free usage. The tabletop is sculpted to achieve a wide, relaxed shape that grows thinner the closer it gets to the edge of the table. This horizontal form is a feature unique to this table.