One client visited our factory from Okayama prefecture.
He met KOMA chair at the cafe specialized in sweets made of breads "cafe recette Kamakura".
It was rain when he traveled Kamakura, thus, he spent entire day in a comfortable cafe, renovated from traditional Japanese style house, which he happened to get in.
He became interested in KOMA when he realized he had not felt tired even though he sat the chair for the entire day.
Actually, due to "We would like to make the best products at present though continues effort to improve", most products are made limited number except for small number of mass-production items.
The chair the client sat is also discontinued like other cases, we dealt with an existing model.
The model does not fit to the client's physique.
The client asked us "I would like to have the perfect one as a life time partner because it is hard-earned KOMA chair."
I was delighted for the client to think of KOMA products.
If the client does not mind traveling to our factory locating suburb of Tokyo, we would like to pursue throughly the best fit.
And if he does not care so much of spending with us in cold our factory, we would like to complete "the perfect".
So, the client visited our factory.
It would not be possible to feel something "perfect" in manufacturing products.
The perfect would be something we have been aiming to, however, the closer we would feel the farer.
The chair is the one of instruments which contact the most frequently to our bodies.
Its comfortability depends on the physique of sitting person including the area contacting bodies and how to support moving bodies.
Bodies of human-beings consist of complex three-dimensional curved surfaces whose shape may flaccidly change.
The definition of "chair to be sit comfortably" would be ones on which people sit would not feel tired.
It will not happen for people to sit on chairs with same position for five hours.
People would take various positions on the same chair including straighten themselves up, languidly soften their positions, lean on elbows, etc.
Comfortable chairs would be ones make people comfortable at any positions.
It would be the result of the combination of various components including heights, angles, depths, curves.
This is why manufacturing comfortable chairs require handmade techniques instead of machine works, which makes me feel never-ending difficulties and funs.
It would not make any sense manufacturers' self-satisfactory perfect, however, the perfect of the specific client may be achievable.
It was very pleasant opportunity for manufacturers to become closer to "the unique perfect."
I had repeated planing and asking the client to sit in front of the client.
I have adjusted heights, degrees of how much to be engraved, angles.
How much comfortable to sit would change every one planing.
"How do you feel ?"
"I feel a little pressure on the bak of knees."
Shaving, cutting, and sitting.
We had gradually approached the ideal status through our collaboration.
"I feel better regarding the back of the knee, however, I have become feeling a bit excessive pressure on the back of hamstrings."
I had gradually understood the shape the client seeks.
Overall angles would be affected by the difference in lengths of front legs and back legs.
I had cut front legs by 2.5mm.
The angle had impacted to the contact of the back of the client.
Next, I had cut back legs by 5mm.
I have seen the line of the seat from the front to the back.
Then, I have cut legs again.
Little by little.
It has past almost three hours.
"How do you feel ?"
The client sat on the chair with his eyes closed to confirm how comfortable it is.
He kept silent for a while.
He slowly opened his eyes and said with his smile
Yes !! Here it comes !!
We had shaken our hands !!
One chair as intermediary, I have felt many things through closely facing one client.
"Manufacturing products make clients happy."
It would be craftsman's role to have experiences to make it happen.
I really appreciate the client who made me be re-realize the simple matter !!
We went to Getoo in Iwate prefecture as the company snow boarding tour in the last week of January.
We have made another good memory of funs with playing, drinking, eating, and laughing.
It would be one of purposes of job to share memories with members met together by a kind of fate.