Nao Tamura

July stool Nikari

“July stool” is a wooden stool inspired by the intrinsic beauty of imperfection. Like a bundle of wooden logs, three individual “slices” unequal in size, variegated in grain and color, and uneven surface angles unite to create a beautiful, singular form.

Each stool enjoys its own sense of individuality. Together, in multiples, they create a sculptural seating display for gathering spaces.

Client: Nikari
Photo by Chikako Harada / Jenni Roininen


[Designs for nature] tells about Nikari philosophy and the Finnish wood design ideology: how Nikari delicately manufacture exquisite quality furniture and products of the local forests’ wood in Fiskars Village. Because number 12 is the number of the year and there are 12 months in a year, Nikari asked twelve designers or design studios to study Nikari’s philosophy and give their comments to it in a form of a wooden product. Nikari co-operate with the Finnish WWF and part of the sales price is donated to protecting rainforests and forests globally.

Project designers:
JANUARY | Harri Koskinen
FEBRUARY | Thomas Sandell
MARCH | Martí Guixé
APRIL | Alfredo Häberli
MAY | Simo Heikkilä
JUNE | Mikko Paakkanen
JULY | Nao Tamura
AUGUST | Aamu Song | Johan Olin
SEPTEMBER | Mikhail Barashkov
OCTOBER | Samuli Naamanka
NOVEMBER | Louise Campbell
DECEMBER | Jasper Morrison | Wataru Kuman