Isao Komatsu from Okayama, Japan, is a former teacher, who found passion in wood craftsmanship after retiring. During this time, he started using his natural talent intensively for making Japanese wooden masks, called Bicchu Kagura. It was through this difficult way of wood cutting, that he found a great passion in creating furniture, where he integrated his mask cutting techniques and Japanese design traditions to make furniture.
The wooden masks Komatsu made, is called Bicchu Kagura. The making of them is a part of a ritual from the Japanese religion, Shinto. They are used to pray for a good harvest, family safety and fortune, used locally by many families in rural Japan. They are usually placed near the entrance to their houses, to secure good fortune for families.
The Naya stool is a unique product of Japanese furniture making traditions. Timeless and mordern, the original design is reflectting visual simplicity and physical tenacity.