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Torii Chair

by Bensen



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Torii is a simple yet subtly sophisticated design available in Dining Chairs as well as Bar and Counter height Stools.

The design is defined by its closely spaced back legs, broad seat, and small arched backrest. Its minimal appearance and simple construction hide a surprising amount of comfort and sturdiness, making it suitable for residential and commercial use.

The name Torii comes from the characteristic wood entrance arches of Shinto shrines in Japan, which translates into English as “bird perch”. This motif perfectly describes the design’s distinct proportions and traditional joinery, and the sense of harmony and calm inherent in design that is beautifully resolved.

Torii is constructed using traditional exposed mortise-and-tenon joinery for the legs which is strong and expresses the honest intent of the design. The rails of the chairs under-structure are connected using concealed wood dowels, and the seat is secured with guiding dowels and specialized metal fittings. The arched back rest is cleverly joined to each back leg with two long steel dowels and epoxy glue. This ensures this critical joint will not fail or crack, while allowing to keep the material thin and light. The finish is an advanced low build water-based polyurethane that gives the wood a natural open-grain appearance, which is smooth to the touch and durable. A solid aluminum foot rail on the stool protects the wood frame.

Torii is available in Walnut, White Oak and Black stained Ash, with leather or fabric upholstered seat. The Black stained Ash Dining Chair is also available with a plywood seat. For leathers, other than House Leathers, the price is based on a minimum order of 4 chairs.

19.25” W x  19.25” D x 30” H
17.5″ seat height