The Machiya bench is created by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto. Machiya is the name of traditional wooden townhouses found throughout Japan which are built side-by-side, making them space efficiently, and with characteristic wooden lattices on the facade. Through beautiful lines and a smart storage shelf these features are implemented in the Machiya bench. The Machiya bench is handmade by skilled wicker makers of the sustainable material rattan. Rattan is extremely flexible and when it gets steamed it can be formed by hand, using old traditional manufacturing techniques and a few simple tools. Rattan is the most sustainable material for furniture manufacturing as it regenerates in the span of 5-7 years. Rattan comes in 600 different variants, and at Sika-Design we only use the two best qualities called Tohiti and Manau. The Machiya bench is part of Sika-Design's ICONS collection which represents designer furniture by some of the world’s greatest designer and architects.
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