The Japanese have always been known for their tender regard for the flowers that bring a splash of color to every season. The names of many flowers appear in the waka verses written by ancient poets, where they are used to express a variety of sentiments. Taking a cue from these subtleties of the heart, Sakemi Isuten has created the Monaca stool, whose name refers to the Japanese confection that inspired the charming round design. Seats in the shape of six iconic Japanese flowers are available to add comfort and color to a room: ume apricot blossom, cherry blossom, camellia, chrysanthemum, balloon flower, and peach blossom.
This specialty chair shop has maintained its artisan traditions and produced durable, treasured furniture items for nearly half a century. Each and every stool is handmade, so it takes one to two months for an order to be ready. Happily, customers not only have their choice of seat colors to complement a room’s interior, but can also select either walnut or oak for the wooden parts. The seat may be a little small, with a diameter of about 28 centimeters, but it is stable, comfortable, and conveniently portable. Why not decorate your room with an arrangement of flower stools?
This article is an excerpt from Kateigaho International Japan Edition 2019 Spring/Summer.