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Chairs and graces

— Japan


Fascinated with furniture design, Noritsugu Oda bought his first chair in the 1970s. He now has 1,200 of them. But, as Monocle discovers, he isn’t in the slightest bit precious about his priceless collection.

Collector, bed, chairs, glass birds, marble light, sofa, tables

For a man who claims not to be a collector, Noritsugu Oda has one of the world’s most remarkable assemblages of chairs (1,200, over half of them Danish) as well as a fine stash of tables (70), lighting fixtures (100), cabinets (50), cutlery (1,000 pieces) and pottery (2,500). “I consider myself more of a researcher,” he insists.

Oda lives and works in the small Hokkaido town of Asahikawa in the far north of Japan where he teaches design at a satellite campus of Tokai University. It’s an appropriate place for one of Japan’s foremost furniture buffs…


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