Kumiki Furniture Collection

Using Japanese joinery to create seamless knock-down furniture.

My experience living in Japan made me realize how environmental differences can impact a culture's views on design.
During my three years at Kyushu University's Graduate School of Design, I conducted on-site research with several artisanal furniture companies in the southern island of Kyushu to uncover the mindsets, approaches, and techniques that they used to incorporate sustainability into their products. By speaking in Japanese to furniture company owners, woodworkers, material providers, and other people involved in the creation of artisanal furniture, I got an inside look at their mindset and how they approach their role as creators of quality wooden furniture. After concluding my research and identifying sustainable techniques common to many artisanal Japanese furniture manufacturers, I incorporated some of these techniques and approaches into my own furniture collection.

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Leslie Montes
Product Designer Mountain View, CA