Ryuji Mitani describes the idea behind these chairs perfectly! He explains that children grow up fast, which seems to be the reason why people tend to buy cheap plastic, disposable furniture for their young ones. After awhile, these disposable items start to overflow in a room. Furniture is an important factor in determining the quality of a room. The same is true for small furniture. Children who use chairs and desks that are made well will be engrained with the feeling of wood, the feeling of its use and the quality of wood items without even knowing it.
Even if the child gets bigger and no longer uses the chair, it is durable enough for an adult. For example, it can be used at the entrance of a home for tying on shoes. Well-crafted, solid wood furniture can be used for hundreds of years. When that child becomes an adult and becomes a parent themself, they can hand the chair over to their child – a piece of furniture they have used intimately since childhood. The story of that person is engraved on the chair.
Known as a visionary for his introduction of the color white in urushi lacquered woodwares, the Matsumoto-based artisan, Ryuji Mitani has paved the way for a new outlook on traditional woodcrafts. Revered the world over, and with an ardent, long-standing following in Japan, he has redefined the very syntax of his field with his leadership and writings in regards to a post-Mingei lifestyle crafts movement called Seikatsu Kogei. As a result he has inspired an entire generation of artisans in his pursuits of blurring established boundaries in his field.