Originally designed by Alvar Aalto in 1945 and reinterpreted by Jo Nagasaka in 2019, the ColoRing Bench 153B is crafted by Artek, available in a range of colourways and exclusively available at The Conran Shop in the UK to coincide with London Craft Week 2019.
The design celebrates 100 years of strong diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan and makes up part of Artek’s FIN/JPN Friendship Collection, created in collaboration with Japanese and Finnish designers.
Crafted in Finland using solid Finnish birch wood, the seat is finished with a soft-grained pine veneer and transformed using Nagasaka’s innovative ColoRing technique. Up until now, ColoRing had involved a time-consuming, fully-manual process created by fusing the traditional Japanese techniques of udukuri and tsugaru-nuri, but thanks to Artek’s revolutionary manufacturing techniques, the design can now be bought to a wider audience.
As revolutionary as the colourful technique adorning it, the Bench 153B represents the pinnacle of functionalist furniture design and is characterised by its state-of-the-art curved L-leg. Created by bending a piece of birch to a curved 90° angle, the L-leg is fastened directly to the seat, thus achieving Aalto’s signature streamlined and simple aesthetic.
Instantly recognisable as a classic Alvar Aalto design with Jo Nagasaka’s artistic flourish, the ColoRing Bench 153B can be used as a seat, shelving display or for storage in your hallway, bedroom or dressing room.
Please note: Due to the innovative nature of the ColoRing technique, each bench features a uniquely grained finish and therefore will not match the picture exactly.