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Solid Stool

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A Classic Revived

By Japanese design master, Riki Watanabe

Originally designed in 1954 for a house by architect Kiyoshi Seike, this example of Japanese mid-century design is made of solid teak with an oil finish, the steel legs have a durable baked black melamine finish.

The structure of the stool is reminiscent of a Japanese Torii Stool -   traditional seating in Shinto shrines of Japan -  that is a representative work of Riki Watanabe, and its rectilinear and neat form is composed by the combination of the solid wood seat and the steel rod legs. Evident in the Solid Stool is Watanabe's great care in detail such as the angle of the seat which is easy to sit and the handle hole on the seat for easy carrying. 

As Solid Stool is made of natural wood, there are individual differences in the grain pattern from stool to stool.


  • Size: 16.5 in. height x 17 in. width x 11.8 in. depth
  • Weight: 3.5 kg
  • Material: Leg - 10 mm diameter steel rod with melamine finish; Seat - Solid wood (Thickness 20mm)

Riki Watanabe

After having graduated from the Woodcraft Department at Tokyo Higher School of Arts and Design - today Chiba University - Riki Watanabe joined Gunma Prefecture Industrial Arts Center where Bruno Taut was working in 1936. In 1949, Watanabe established his own designing studio. He became famous for the low-cost String Chair in 1952. Watanabe's Torii Stool and Circular Center Table won the Gold Medal at Triennale di Milano in 1957. Besides his interior and furniture design, Watanabe has also designed clocks and watches. His 1972 design, Hibiya Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company's pole clock is defined as one of Watanabe's major works. Watanabe is considered to be one of the pioneers of post-World War II Japanese design.