Torii Chair by Bensen
The Torii Chair by Bensen is a simple yet subtly sophisticated wood chair, 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. Torii is the Japanese name for the characteristic wood entrance arches to Shinto shrines in Japan, and translates directly into English as “bird perch”. This motif perfectly describes the chairs 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 sufficiently strong and expresses the honest intent of the chair. 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.
Torii has passed the European EN 15373, Level 2 testing for commercial seating. The test simulates a 250 lbs person sitting down on the chair 100,000 times plus other strength and durability tests.
Available in Black stained Ash, White Oak, and Walnut with leather or fabric upholstered seats. Black stained Oak version also available with a plywood seat.
Made in Italy.
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BENSEN is a design and manufacturing group founded in 1981 by Niels Bendtsen. Along with his staff, Bendtsen designs and oversees production of an extensive line of furnishings.
Their philosophy balances simplicity and honesty so that the designs may continue to grow in today’s ever changing world.
Bensen is located downtown in Vancouver, Canada. The 55,000 square foot factory space is dedicated to the design and manufacture of wood and upholstery lines.