FUCHU FURNITURE, based in Hiroshima, situated in the western part of the Japanese mainland, has been inheriting history and high quality craftsmanship as a major source of furniture for many years. Based on inherited techniques and tradition, the new brand “MEETEE” has been launched to express modern ideas and interpretations through furniture.
Employing only the highest quality materials and manufacturing methods, MEETEE is focused on a new vision of contemporary furniture design tailored for modern lifestyles to the highest levels of craftsmanship.
The heritage of many of the woodworking techniques used by Japanese carpenters originates from Japanese shipwrights.
Inherent in its position as an island nation, it is unsurprising that the maritime industry has been a driving force behind the innovation of wood construction for centuries. The Nadia series has been developed by focusing on a particular method, known as 'kumiki', which uses interlocking construction techniques.
The result is a series of contemporary furniture that harmonizes the design aspects with the high level 'kumiki' structure, as well as giving an affectionate nod towards the wooden vessels of times gone by.
Jin Kuramoto, 2014
We live in a world of five elements which we experience through our five senses.
Five is gently odd. Five is not too many. Five is beautiful.
A five-sided figure is called a pentagon.
We developed a shape that combines a circle with a pentagon.
The chair, the table, the clothes rail and the other members of the Five family all share this iconic shape.
Uncompromisingly made in solid wood, by the best Japanese craftsmen.
Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2014
“Wafer” Series- Prototype
The Wafer collection combines light and dark-coloured wood in stripes. The effect of the walnut and maple is both graphic and fun, like the familiar confectionery wafers you couldn't stop eating as a kid. But it is also technically challenging to combine two types of wood. And, not least, to seamlessly morph round-section legs that meet flat planes. Finally, The stripe pattern has a different scale for each piece of the collection, fitting the size and geometry best.
With the 'Sally' chair, we have finally succeeded in producing a really strong structure with minimum parts. Once again, we have worked closely with the carpenters at MEETEE in order to find elegant solutions and refined details by applying traditional wood joining techniques of Japanese craftsman. The resulting chair is extremely lightweight and dainty in appearance, with a structure that imbues it with its own, special character.
The 'Molly' shelf series has an unusual expression stemming from the contrast between crisp, right-angled wood joints of the structure and generous, fabric-covered surfaces. The shelf is accessible from many different directions, and has size and presence enough to work well as a room divider. When the doors are opened, the legs of shelf are obscured from view, giving the shelf the appearance of floating just above the floor.
Tukki is a chair and a table made from solid handcrafted maple and walnut wood.
Tukki chair is an universal stacking armchair with classical composition for many surroundings and needs.
The design details stands for comfort and function.
Component shaping and also the name, Tukki, refers to specific hand tools used for surviving.
Kiri is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Kimono cabinets that Stefan discovered during his visit to Hiroshima in the summer of 2016. Traditionally, those cabinets are made from paulownia, a tropical wood used for its breathable properties to prevent smells and humidity on clothes. The low density of this wood doesn't make it suitable for mechanical assembly, but its light weight gave us the chance to experiment with fabric hinges on large-scale furniture. The doors fold horizontally in an intuitive gesture and with the friction of the wood, the door holds in any position. Each piece of the collection takes place in a specific context of the domestic landscape. Their straight construction gives them a very architectural presence.
“Mia” Series- Prototype
“Mia” is a stacking chair specially designed with compact protruding arm features.
The wooden frame combined with two pieces of planned plywood produces a standard appearance.
It is designed to match easily with other products and also suitable for almost every environment when this chair is placed. Stacking could be possible up to maximum of four legs.
Storing could also be done by hanging the arms on the table top.
“Liz” Series- Prototype
“Liz” is a family of side tables that are configured by the thickness of wooden ply-wood which is only 6mm.
The discovery of the structural strength, new findings of the many approaches and function has produced a new tool with shape that pro-vides number of applications. With “Liz”, it is like an experiment, testing the mate-rial, structure and function. Instead of a fixed and existing shape, “To be a good presence according to suit the situation” is the purpose of this project.
Photograph : Takumi Ota