Torii 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.
A. Kleene & G. Assmann
Alfred Kleene was born in Cloppenburg in 1953 and Gabriele Assmann was born just six years later in Warendorf. Alfred Kleene studied interior design at college in Detmold, whilst Gabriele Assmann studied design in Münster. In 1983 they set up a joint studio specializing in furniture design and product development. Their overriding interest is in developing modern furniture for the domestic and commercial market, as well as exhibitions. Together they work for leading international companies in the furniture industry.