Bring Forest Bathing to the Home: Chairs by Toshio Tokunaga
Toshio Tokunaga’s expertise in furniture is uniquely attuned to the natural world. He delicately familiarizes with each rare tree’s individual spirit, allowing him to infuse each chair with warm understanding: precious Zelkova, mulberry, cherry, and Yoshino cedar woods are all sustainably sourced with passion and dedication from local forests, then dried for many years.
Material awareness and technique is critical in Tokunaga’s deeply human sensory process. The artist makes his own planing tools: Kanna to achieve his perfected edges unmatched by machinery.
Intensive study of lines, forms, and curves from ancient wares and a contemporary dedication result in a contemplative crafting approach, with a churning movement as natural as dancing.