Based on the project's scope, our product design team starts making design sketches, design models and prototypes, then develops new materials and structural mechanism with rest of the project team when necessary.
Our design team starts with a clear understanding of user needs and how Okamura's engineering, material choices, and design capabilities can be leveraged to meet people where they work. Then, every stage of design — from hand sketches and CAD, to prototyping and production oversight — caters to the needs of real people in real workspaces.
Our specialized team of CMF experts works with the product design team to bring the most relevant final products to market. Our products are comprised of only the most beautiful, highest quality materials.
Our team members remain in constant communication, eliminating potential problems and ensuring every possible improvement is made.
The craftsmen specialized in making prototypes of our manufacturing department create models and prototypes by hand, allowing comprehensive design critiques and strength testing. They repeatedly tweak the prototypes by adjusting small details to achieve the utmost functionality and beauty.
Based on the finalized prototype, planning and design leads meet with the heads of manufacturing. Together, they determine the actual manufacture of the product.
The strength of a product is verified first through computer-based analyses, then through physical prototype testing on a specialized testing rig. Finally, every Okamura chair is made to perfectly fit the human form – and so, it's tested by the human form.
The manufacturing department continues to refine its process and assembly concept for months before the product is finalized. They search for the most efficient way for assembly to minimize the time for assembly process. Every component, every structure, every mechanism of the product's body is carefully considered, then considered again. Especially, intricate parts like adjustable levers for task seating requires a special consideration.