The HAND wooden furniture collection is the result of a unique collaboration between Swedish architect and designers Claesson Koivisto Rune, and expert Japanese carpenter Yuji Takahashi.
The cross-sections of each of the component parts are made to become progressively thinner towards their outer edges, resulting in an edge thickness of mere millimeters. This thinning begins at the very center of each part — meaning that all the pieces lack any true, flat surfaces and are all slightly convex. Even the tabletop’s upper surface has a very subtle camber, a quality not easily observed, but more obviously experienced through touch.
“During our first meeting, Takahashi-san started showing me some samples on his iPad. When we looked at the detailing I thought to myself, ‘This is unreal. You can’t do this, it’s impossible to make a box or tray in this manner,’” Rune recalls with a smile.
This thinning of parts begins at the very centre of each part, meaning that all the furniture pieces lack any true, flat surfaces. All the surfaces are slightly convex. Even the tabletop’s upper surface has a very subtle camber, a quality not easily observed but more obviously felt through touch.