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KI’s Opt4 chairs add elegant practicality to Japan House, London

July 24, 2018

KI’s Opt4 chairs add elegant practicality to Japan House London’s monochromatic interiors

Opened on 22 June 2018, Japan House London provides visitors with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Japan’s rich culture, art, design, cuisine and technology. Spread over three floors of a revitalised art deco building on London’s Kensington High Street, the new location joins Japan Houses in Los Angeles and Sao Paolo as part of a global initiative led by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Japan House London looks to showcase the best of what Japan has to offer beyond stereotypes. Inside, visitors can find a restaurant, auditorium, library, retail space, temporary exhibition gallery and events facilities. From architecture to floral design, gastronomy to performing arts – Japan House London’s vibrant calendar of events and activities are complemented by the crisp, minimalist and monochromatic interiors. The perfect backdrop for magnificent ceramics, bonsai and performers alike, almost every aspect of Japan House London has been sourced from across Japan.

This is why KI’s Opt4 high density stacking chairs were the perfect addition to the facility’s multifunctional space and library. Designed by Taku Kumazawa and made in Japan from 85-100% recycled materials, these elegant chairs are comfortable and very light, weighing just 4.5kg each. This makes them easy to move around, link together in rows, and stack when not in use - ideal for additional seating in the lower ground floor’s auditorium space.

"The Opt4 chairs have a clean, elegant profile that works perfectly in our space. Being so light and easy to move around, their flexibility really comes in handy during our events. They are comfortable, too – particularly important for our guests during events that require longer seated periods" commented Shane Delaney, Operations Manager, Japan House London.

About Japan House London:
Japan House London has revitalised an Art Deco building on Kensington High Street to become a new home for Japanese creativity, invention and business in the UK. Spread over three floors, Japan House London offers a temporary exhibition gallery, events space, library, retail offer, and Japanese restaurant. On until 5 August 2018, the Gallery space premieres SOU FUJIMOTO: FUTURES OF THE FUTURE in collaboration with Tokyo’s TOTO GALLERY • MA, exhibiting the work of one of Japan’s greatest contemporary architects for the first time in the UK. A retail floor entices visitors with Japanese art, design and technology ranging from homewares and accessories through to fashion and stationery. The Japan House restaurant, AKIRA, created by chef SHIMIZU Akira offers guests a truly immersive encounter with Japanese food culture – a new offering to London’s food scene.

About Opt4® chairs:
Opt4®'s simple, refined style and four material options enhance design versatility. Available in mesh/mesh, mesh/poly, poly/mesh, and poly/poly seats and backs in three classic seat/back colours: black, stone grey, and white; as well as 34 frame colour options (including chrome).

Opt4 offers significant comfort with a waterfall front seat edge that eases pressure points. Opt4 with mesh seats and backs offer cooling ventilation as well as supple seating surfaces that conform to body shapes for tailored comfort. The mesh fabric used on Opt4 high-density stack seating is composed of knitted yarn made from 100% recycled PET-bottles. All resin components are made from 100% recycled polypropylene pre-consumer waste by-products. SCS certified Opt4 passes all standard BIFMA tests for performance.

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