Milpitas, California, USA
Designed by Branch Creative for Arevo, Mishima is a luxury lounge chair with a matching ottoman featuring a signature support structure and seemingly weightless form.
Named for the stone chair in Mishima Grand Shrine where Japan’s greatest shogun, Minamoto-no-Yoritomo, sat and prayed for 100 days for an impossible victory, the Mishima lounge chair and ottoman have been meticulously crafted to conquer the impossible odds of gravity and embrace nearly weightless balance.
The Mishima Lounge Chair and Ottoman are designed to reflect the feeling of floating.
For its innovative design, Mishima has recently been awarded a 2022 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
A corner where you escape the demands of the home office to reset in silence – and style.
Traditional materials and manufacturing methods would have limited the chair’s design and strength.
To achieve this global first for furniture, Mishima’s frame is constructed in 3D from a single piece of continuous carbon fiber composite, originally developed to withstand the rigors of aerospace.
It is constructed from high-strength carbon fiber composite materials originally developed for aerospace applications.
Luxury leathers and textiles from the world’s leading tanners and mills complete the design.
Its high strength and corrosion-resistant stainless steel base forms a stable foundation.
When applied to furniture, carbon fiber allows designers to push the boundaries and stretch their imagination to what is possible in furniture design.
Mishima’s signature support structure is made without joints or glue using aerospace grade ultra-high modulus thermoplastic carbon fiber for unparalleled strength to support the chair and passes stringent ANSI/ BIFMA durability and safety stand.
A major benefit of thermoplastic-based composite manufacturing is that the melting and solidification processes are reversible, which enables the recycling of the composite material at the end of its life.
Each Mishima frame is fabricated with a single pass of continuous carbon fiber composite into a unibody form, ensuring the aesthetic value and durability of the product.
This asymmetrical design is built to withstand multidirectional loads: flexion as the user sits back in the chair, torsional stiffness for the user to swivel, and vertical stiffness so the chair does not tilt when in use.
The designers use a proprietary process called Direct Energy Deposition (DED): Arevo’s in-house software engineers the directionality of each carbon fiber.
A robot arm then uses a laser to melt and bond the carbon fibers together accordingly, precisely placing them into their desired position and direction.
With this process, Mishima can achieve an unprecedented level of precision as well as new forms that were previously impossible using traditional manufacturing methods.
Designers: Branch Creative
Lead Designers: Josh Morenstein and Nick Cronan