When he’s not designing furniture modeled after pizzly bears, Masahiro Minami, finds the time to teach a design seminar at the University of Shiga Prefecture. A byproduct of his latest seminar, which just wrapped up last month, was SUMICA, designed by 22-year old Michiko Eguchi. Eguchi designed SUMICA to teach children the value of personal belongings, as well as the significance of the furniture that houses our treasured possessions.
The stool and desk do double duty as functional pieces during playtime or learning time, and the dresser, modeled after several everyday items such as a refrigerator, sink, microwave and safe, provides efficient storage. The desk and chair may be stacked atop the dresser to save space and provide a different aesthetic. SUMICA is crafted with all-natural, colorful woods including Oak, Black Walnut, Japanese Horse Chestnut, Royal Paulownia, and Assamela — which all complement each other beautifully to bring this design to fruition.