Ecodecor’s Tatami Flight Chair and Tatami Bench Sofa – designed by Chris Gurney – combine traditional Japanese materials, methods and craftsmanship with the Western style of sitting. Ecodecor is the furniture label by Brandarchitecture whose consistent design theme is ‘healing space for the next generation’. Brandarchitecture’s design process is defined by its collaborative artistic practice – partners who are located across the globe who see style and ecological awareness as equally attainable.

The cultural anthropologist Gordon Huse said that there are two customs characterised in our lives – sitting on a chair, or sitting on the ground. For centuries, the Japanese have sat on the ground (the ‘za-seat’). The mixture of the meditated style of yoga from India and the religious training from China influenced this custom. After Dogen brought Soto Zen to Japan, the tatami mat became associated with the traditional tea ceremony, and has always been used throughout Japan for this custom. If you like, think of tatami as a philosophy of sitting.

And the Tatami Flight Chair and Bench Sofa are a modern interpretation of this philosophy. The frame – available in both light or dark bamboo – has tatami as the seating base and kimono fabric as its backing. The tatami base concentrates one’s attention on thought, and allows for peace of mind in meditation. And no extended periods of sitting on the ground are required!

This is a post by David Report contributor Kristina Dryza.

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