Meet the design teamCynara is the result of a three-year partnership, between the Okamura team, Andreas Krob of Swiss design agency b4K and Joachim Brüske. A product and industrial designer, Krob is renowned for attention to detail, workmanship and a holistic approach to design. Brüske’s meticulous engineering has ensured that the functionality of Cynara is simpler and more effective than ever. With their combined seating expertise, the pair have created a chair that offers superior lightness.
Inspiration for DesignIn designing Cynara, Andreas and Joachim employed minimalistic styling, to create a chair that would fit with a range of interior and personal styles. After all, a chair is not the central player at work; people are. With work styles continuing to change rapidly, people are increasingly mobile. Furniture should be adaptable, and adjustments should be simple.This insight heralded a new spring system that adjusts tension to responsively support a broad range of body types.Through the three-year-long development process, Cynara was inspired by the yumi, a Japanese bow, which draws power from its distinctive arc form. Cynara’s gently curved frame echoes the strength and flexibility of the yumi, cradling the seat, to support movement and provide comfort. Okamura made the beautiful design idea a reality, with less weight, thereby reducing CO2 emissions through production and logistics. Cynara is an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing task chair, with deep consideration given to ergonomics and sustainability.