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A series conceptualized to make full use of thin, straight pieces of wood, creating a rich, full appearance through the concept of “subtraction.” The uniquely constructed pieces in this collection allow the internal structure to be seen through rather than concealed as in most sofas, helping the user coordinate a light, modern space. Designer Motomi Kawakami envisioned a sofa that brings forth an elevated sense of comfort and ease, creating his desired appearance and feel based on traditional Japanese woodworking techniques.

Though they may appear to be made of metal at first glance, the legs are made from dark brown finished solid Japanese Sakura wood. The solid wood frame is available in any standard finish of Japanese Ash or Walnut. Details such as distinctive wood grain ascertained by our skilled technicians, the contrast of the colors used in the leg portion of the frame, and a seat that appears slender and light while providing deep comfort, are all meticulously poured over in the making of this premium collection.

Available as a 94″ or 83″ sofa, with accessories such as the ottoman, coffee and side tables, and sofa add-ons such as a headrest and arm cushion.

A Design Expressing Fine Japanese Quality

The slender structure supporting the back and seat is not only able to provide a visual lightness to your space, but also is designed to use a minimal amount of wood materials. Also, through changing the frame’s color to create a contrast, a sense of floating and transparency is created, no matter if the sofa is viewed from the front or the side. This can make your room appear bigger. SESTINA, which expresses the simple orderliness of Japanese fine quality, blends subtly in with any room configuration.

The arms, which stretch around the sofa back, can be used comfortably to rest your arms as well as have the convenience factor of a built-in side table. Pair with the arm cushion (sold separately) to elevate comfortability.

The seat, though appearing slender and rigid, is soft and voluminous, allowing you to sink in and experience a deep comfort.


Motomi Kawakami
Motomi Kawakami

After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, Motomi Kawakami worked for Angelo Mangiarotti Architects (Milan), and later established his studio, Kawakami Design Room, in 1971. He aims to create with a human touch, designing spaces, furniture, and products to foster a positive environment. QUODO and SESTINA, the items he designed for CondeHouse, are popular and long-selling.

In his daily life, he is active in several design organizations and in cultivating the industry and workforce in a variety of areas. He has contributed to the development of the International Furniture Design Competition (IFDA) for more than 30 years, and has been an involved participant in the annual tree planting activity hosted by Asahikawa furniture makers for many years.

"In the current state of the design industry, the many choices we make, such as which of the vast amount of crafting techniques and old and new materials to choose, as well consideration of various environmental and societal issues such as resource shortages and an aging population, all require a unification of our labor force and abilities. As a designer, I strive to have an ethical, worldly perspective that enables me to take rational actions, trust in my sense of aestheticism and consciousness that has been enriched through lived experience, and create designs that will naturally bring forth a truly fulfilling, comfortable life."

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