For designer Wataru Kumano, the best word to encapsulate the character of Kvadrat Febrik’s knitted textiles is “friendly”. Padded, comforting and enveloping, knitted textiles represent a warm, welcoming typology. His project for Knit!, Hammock Chair has been designed to recall a knitted sweater, gently wrapping around the body and stretching to follow its curves. Hammock Chair is constructed by suspending a sling of Triangle and Uniform Melange textiles between four white ash legs, thereby harnessing the padded softness of the textile to create a seat that comfortably maps to the body of the sitter.
Wataru Kumano is a Tokyo-based designer working on interiors, furniture, product design and project- management initiatives around the world. A graduate of Lahti Polytechnic, where he studied furniture design, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Kumano was formerly a designer at Jasper Morrison’s Tokyo studio. He established his eponymous practice in 2011.