TAKAYAMA, JAPAN - Made of quartersawn Japanese cedar, Kitutuki's Kisaragi chair is handcrafted in the snowy mountain region in Takayama, Japan.
 
Japanese cedar is a coniferous domestic timber product usually too brittle for furniture making. But Kitutuki compresses the quartersaw cedar, making it suitable for furniture making for the first time, it says.
 
The Kisaragi chair features a dignified burl grain look and a form that brings out the straight lines - giving a living space a sense of richness, says Kitutuki.
 
Kitutuki is one of Japan's older furniture makers, beginning manufacturing in the early 1900s.

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