This chair has been a long time coming. Three years to be precise. We had the concept on our first ever product mood board back in the summer of 2016, but we knew it would take time to get it right.
We took the feel from a chair you find in and outside every Burmese home. We can learn a thing or two from the Burmese about relaxing; they're very good at it. You can always be sure there'll be a chair to sink into, and more often than not, it will look a bit like this. Sturdy teak frames, comfy cane back and seat, smooth arms at just the right height and length to fit inside your fingers.
It's so good, we didn't want to mess with it too much. We made the dimensions slightly larger as the traditional chairs are quite mini. We made the cane panels easy to whip out and repair in a few decades time, so it can keep going forever. We gave it a hinged back to make them easy to transport and store. Other than that, it's just like the classic.
It is made from reclaimed teak salvaged from Yangon. Beautiful old wooden buildings get pulled down every day to be replaced by aluminium-clad horrors. We've given new life to these historical planks, lovingly filled the old nail holes and smoothed the cracks to create this elegant, tactile chair.
It has been handcrafted by our friend Lin Tin here in Yangon. Lin Tin's family have been carpenters for years, and he has recently taken over from his father. He and his team have worked on this for over a year, and boy does it show. They don't cut corners. These chairs are thoughtfully and meticulously constructed, down to the last wooden dowel joint.
Why we love it
It's an old Yangon style, and an actual piece of old Yangon, repurposed by somebody from new Yangon, and designed to last into the decades to come. The perfect product.
It is beautiful as an individual occasional chair, and a pair is knockout.