Fabric armchair with armrests
Kinoko armchair, designed by Mentsen, is characterised by the contrasting visual expressions: a bold architectural structure, and the soft curves of the plump upholstery.
A solid, timber plane at the armrest level defines the boxy outline,
with two wide solid ash slubs. This strong expression is delicately softened by small semi-circular cutouts where the two lines of armrests meet the line of back support. These details allow eyes to follow shapes without a feel of constraint. Just as typeface designers use the device of an ink trap to keep font designs crisp when use in small point sizes.
In contrast, the upholstered seat and back draw organic lines to complement the hard elements of the chair. Soft forms highlight the difference in materiality between the seat and its frame.
The chair is named for its armrests which resembles the shape of the Japanese katakana character ‘コ’ ( pronounced ko). This gives the chair its name Ki-no-Ko, simply meaning ‘letter Ko in wood’, and also the word ‘mushroom’ in Japanese.
Kinoko is designed for both commercial lounges and home use —with a smart classic appearance and warmth provided by the material richness. The wide armrests also provides useful surfaces to occasionally rest books or a hot drink.
The armchair is available in two versions, with a metal or solid ash base.