Plywood Coffee Table by Saburo Inui
First introduced in 1959
Heat-shaped bent plywood consisting of a richly figured Rosewood veneer
H 13½" x W 48" x D 30"
Tendo Mokko Co. Ltd. was established in 1940 in Tendo, an area long known as a woodworking town and famous for the production of Japanese chess pieces.
The company were early explorers of the versatility of plywood and were responsible for Sōri Yanagi's 'Butterfly' stool in 1954; Saburo Inui is named as the researcher who worked alongside Yanagi to achieve this iconic stool over a three year period. It had been Saburo Inui, post-war, who developed the microwave heat-moulding device that allowed Tendo to work with the leading Japanese designers & architects of the day.