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NARA collection by Shin Azumi

Direct from Milan, Great Dane will launch the NARA range by Japanese architect Shin Azumi at Saturday in Design 2011.

The initial concept for the NARA series was to create minimal structure while providing a maximum level of comfort, as well as express Azumi’s appreciation of Scandinavian furniture and sculptural beauty of solid timber. 

“I was inspired by Hans Wegner because his furniture is always very minimalistic but also very beautiful and comfortable,” Azumi said. “I tried to execute that philosophy, but introduce completely new aesthetics.”

Thus the NARA series pays homage to traditional Scandinavian design while at the same time creating a new aesthetic language of its own. The word ‘Nara’ is taken from the Japanese historic capital city which is famous for its free roaming, sacred deer.

Inspired by the Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair and Borge Morgensen’s J39, Azumi pulled these iconic chairs apart into their individual components and then he put the most important elements of each chair to create the NARA chair.

The collection features a dining chair, two heights of bar stools, a dining table and a coat stand. All available upholstered or non upholstered, and in oak or stained ash.

Manufactured by Fredericia, Great Dane is the exclusive distributor of Nara in Australia.

To view products in the Nara range here.

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