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issue 17 | May 2021

This is the story of Japanese Craftsmanship Spirits:



‘Hampu’ literally meaning ‘sailcloth’ in Japanese, is a canvas fabric of plain weave woven from a durable yarn made by twisting many cotton threads. ‘Hampu’ canvas is extremely durable and has excellent breathability. The material has been popular in Japan for many years for its simpleness and the fact that the more you use it, the softer and more adaptable it becomes.

It is said that canvas fabrics have originated from flax canvas used as sailcloth for ships, dating back to ancient Egypt. In Japan, the cotton sailcloth was introduced at the end of the Edo period (Edo: 1603-1868) and it gained popularity in Western Japan, where the material was developed into cotton canvas for making sails for fast sailing ships. The invention of cotton canvas set ships sailing and developing routes. This resulted in flourishing of trade between the two major cities of Japan, Edo (currently Tokyo) and Osaka.

The Kojima district of Kurashiki, a city in Okayama Prefecture, where cotton cultivation flourished, has been Japan’s number one producer of cotton canvas for 130 years. The district still produces about 70% of Japan’s total cotton canvas. The authentic texture of the premium quality ‘Hampu’ weaved from yarn using advanced twisting technology has attracted widespread attention and the canvas has gained popularity as a material for making all kinds of durable items such as bags, shoes, interior decoration items, and many more.

Product: Bruno Sofa

Bruno Sofa

Photography: Yoneo Kawabe

Bruno Sofa was designed by Jasper Morrison and launched by Maruni in 2014. “After some years of dominance by the luxury sofa designs…it was the moment to offer a more traditional wooden frame sofa.” That is how Jasper expresses in his book “A Book of Things” published by Lars Muller Publishers.

In recognition of and named after its Scandinavian roots, Bruno Sofa is a simple yet structurally well thought design, abundantly featuring Maruni’s characteristics. Jasper was determined that a sofa made by Maruni should obviously involve wood in the structure. The frame is all made of wood except for the mesh structure below the cushions, where a little extra comfort is needed.

You can comfortably rest your arms and elbows on the wide wooden sofa arms and feel the warmth of the wood. The arms are carved into a gentle shape and are wide enough to place your glass or cup. Carefully designed seat and backrest angles, and the perfect seat height ensure seating comfort. The cushions consist of separate layers of down and urethane foam of differing hardness, with materials carefully selected according to differing loads that are applied to the back and seat.

The timeless design, and the combination of selected fabric or leather upholstery and the ash or oak wood structure give the sofa a visual freshness.
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