TOSHIO TOKUNAGA
Chairs hand carved by master woodworker, using Tamahagane steel; the same steel used to create traditional Japanese swords

Keyaki Zelcova, Paper cords

H 765 x W 555 x D 545, SH 400 mm
H30 1/8xW21 7/8xD21 1/2, SH15 3/4in
Tatara C type
Keyaki Zelcova, Leather

H 765 x W 555 x D 545 mm, SH 400mm
H30 1/8xW21 7/8xD21 1/2, SH15 3/4in
Item Number:t2
Tatara C type ( leather )

Keyaki Zelcova ( Iron died ) , Cloth ( Persimmon juice died )
Item Number:t3
Tatara C type ( iron and persimmon black )
Keyaki Zelcova, Paper cords

H 725 x W 585 x D 540 mm , SH 390 mm
H28 1/2xW23xD21 1/4in, SH15 3/8in
Item Number:t4
Tatara F type
Keyaki Zelcova, Leather

H 725 x W 585 x D 540 mm , SH 390 mm
H28 1/2xW23xD21 1/4in, SH15 3/8in
Item Number:t5
Tatara F type ( leather )
Keyaki Zelcova ( iron died ), Cloth ( Persimmon juice died )

H 725 x W 585 x D 540 mm , SH 390mm
H28 1/2xW23xD21 1/4in, SH15 3/8in
Item Number:t6
Tatara F type ( iron and persimmon black )
Keyaki Zelcova, Leather

H 725 x W 600 x D 550 mm, SH 395 mm
H28 1/2xW23 5/8xD215/8in, SH15 1/2in
Item Number:t110
Tatara M type
Keyaki Zelcova ( Iron died ), Paper cords

H 725 x W 600 x D 550 mm, SH 395mm
H28 1/2xW23 5/8xD215/8in, SH15 1/2in
Tatara M type ( paper cords )
Keyaki Zelcova ( Iron died ) , Cloth ( Persimmon juice dies )

H 725 x W 600 x D 550 mm , SH 395mm
H28 1/2xW23 5/8xD215/8in, SH15 1/2in
Item Number:t8
Tatara M type ( iron and persimmon black )
Keyaki Zelcova ( Iron died )

H 805 x W 710 x D 565 mm , SH 445
H 31 3/4 x W 28 x D 22 1/4 in
Item Number:12
KYOTO Chair
* This pair of chairs "Sun and Moon" acquired by the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

Kurogaki Black Persimmon wood

Sun : H 980 x W 660 x D 650 mm, SH 410 mm
Moon : H 950 x W 600 x D 595 mm, SH 410 mm


Item Number:22.23
"Sun and Moon" Pair of Chairs
2014
Japanese cedar
H31xW21.7xD22xSH16in
H79xW55xD56xSH41cm
Item Number:C13648
Nara chair
2014
Japanese cedar
H31.1xW33.5xD19xSH17.3in
H79xW85xD48xSH44cm
Item Number:C13649
Vibrato chair (double)
H31 1/4xW17 2/4xD19xSH17 2/4in
H79xW44xD48xSH44cm
Item Number:C13654
Vibrato chair (single)
Keyaki Zalcova ( Arm )
Chestnut ( Seat )

H 690 x W 2385 x D 850mm, SH 365mm
Item Number:15
Thousand years chair
BIOGRAPHY
The timber of the Japanese cypress trees that have been cultivated in the Yoshino area of Nara Prefecture for over 500 years is unique, possessing a pale, reddish tone, it exhibits a characteristic strength and pliability. Using a special plane with a blade made of the same steel that is used in Japanese samurai swords, he is able to produce any form of curve or to smooth interlocked grain without the use of files. The surface possesses a softness that seems to envelop the body and the more it is used, the greater gloss that is achieved. This is the Japanese chair.


Chairs hand carved by master woodworker, using Tamahagane steel; the same steel used to create traditional Japanese swords



' Creating Chairs '

" If it were not for my encounter with the blacksmith, Mr. OHARA, in 2008,
these new chairs would never have come into being.
The plane that he brought was completely different to anything I had ever used before. He had collected iron sand from which he smelted the same kind of steel as is used in Japanese swords, then forged this to produce an incredibly sharp plane.
"I can use this plane to create chairs!" It was as if I had received a divine revelation.
The technique of using a plane to apply the finish to my work provided the initial motivation, the inherent beauty of wood furnishing the answers by which I could overcome numerous problems.
The result is I now make chairs."

- Toshio Tokunaga


*"Sun and Moon" pair of chairs acquired by the Emperor and Empress of Japan




1952 Born in Hyogo Prefecture

1974 Graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at Iwate University
Began to study under the 'Living National Treasure', Hekigai takeuchi

1983 Held an exhibition of furniture at the Kitahama Central Gallery
Won an award at the Kinki District Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition

1985 Became a regular member of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Association

2002 Produced the 'Decorated Mulberry Go Board' as one of the sacred treasures
created to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

2003 Invited to participate in the 'Contemporary Furniture and Woodworks
in Japan' exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Invited to participate in the Cheongju International Craft Biennale

2011 Exhibited in the 'Kansai Chairs Now' exhibition at the Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art