MARUNI Inc. which has been producing and selling wooden furniture for 76 years since 1928, is now planning to start a new business dealing with the new type of furniture based on completely new concepts from those Maruni has kept so far. According to this purpose, the designs of small chairs to be commercialized are widely sought for.



Grand Prix
Jutamas Buranaraktham + Piti Amrarangao.d.a./ TASTE OF TEA

Special Prize *
Yoshikazu Moritake / untitled

Selected Works
Katsura Komiyama / U-chair
Tomohiro Shin / Round Chair
Atsushi Suguru / Leafy chair
Futoshi Iwai / L-Arm Chair
Akira Metoki / WA
Takashi Kirimoto / SOFFIO
Daniel Sousa / Bi
hinrichs+hein / butterfly-chair
dietmar sebel / felt wooden armchair

*Special Prize
As it has the quality of the design that corresponds to the grand prix, the judge evaluated this special prize(the awardedwork) highly.
However, as the special technique is necessary to commercialize and it would take time more than assumption taking to commercialization, we decided to commend it separately from other works.

Impression ( Grand-Prix : Jutamas Buranaraktham+Piti Amraranga/o.d.a. )

This best opportunity allow us to be part of those professional designer's work regarded as our teachers whom we have personally appreciated their work. And very importantly, it is our first work presented under the global brand such NEXTMARUNI which we excitedly look forward to this work.

Many special thanks give to Mr. Jasper Morrison, the one who sees unique and strong determination of our work. The award, clearly, itself does make huge change to our attitudes bringing forceful motivation into every next work of us.

For us, Japanese Aesthetics shows real respect to nature spontaneously blending with its environment without superfluous decorations. Its concept gives importance to simplicity and beauty of detail which seemingly look ordinary or no design intervention.

According to the concept, we let "necessity" create direction of the form of our armchair "Taste of Tea" by remaining only necessary elements of armchair. At the very beginning, we even couldn't tell how the chair will look like, so, what we do is to choose the most blending and unity.

< Profile >

Miss Jutamas Buranaraktham
Born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1980.
Finished Bachelor's Degree in the field of Product Design at Silpakorn University in 2001
and Worked at Color party Object Co. Ltd. (pbb&o), Started being Freelance Designer in 2003, Worked for Propaganda Co. Ltd. in 2004

- Won the second prize of The Gift Design Awards 2003
- Participated Furniture Design Workshop "The Regional Product Development Project 2005"

< Profile >

Mr. Piti Amraranga
Born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1980.
Finished Bachelor's Degree in the field of Visual Communication Arts at Silpakorn University in 2001 and Started business partnership and positioned as Design Director at Answer Sheet Co. Ltd.

- Won first prize of "The Thai-UK Alumni and Professional Network Logo competition 2000"
- Won the third prize of "Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Logo Competition 2005"


In 2003, Jutamas and Piti have started working together under the group called "o.d.a." which the o.d.a. is also part of "Good Citizen" the Design collective Group joined by another 3 friends from the same university having different fields of work: Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Motion Graphic Designer attempting to work for some projects together.

o.d.a. clients include Alliance Francaise Bangkok, "anyroom"shop, "Plato"Furniture and so on.

o.d.a. was awarded as one of the 10 Finalists of "Tokyo Designers Block Competition 2003", presented in "Young and Talent Thai 2004" Exhibition, as well as o.d.a. work was publicized in "Tokyo Type Directors Club Annual 2004" (TDC)

< Concept >

This armchair present the clearly compose of two parts between seat and arm-legs structure. To show only by their composition without decorative elements. -----A seat that put down its structure and their combined together to be An Armchair -----Armrests generated from structure itself and also combined with symmetry oblique of legs. -----Slope seat keep people relaxation and also feel good with curve surface on its back-support.

< Message >

----- I think Japanese esthetic is aesthetic of things that respectful and modest.----- Aesthetic of things that impermanent , teach people to see value in itself about state of becoming and dissolving flow pass the time. ----- Can accept that everything is essentially temporary and transient. ----- Approach nature and respect nature. ----- More interest in value of enough than lavishness of form, keep simplification in every things and also interested in detail of every things.