The new hm78 ‘Shika’ work chair by Milan-based Japanese designer Kazuko Okamoto was launched at Orgatec 2014. Shika allows mobile working on a very human scale; it is easily manoeuvred and nested into groups or clusters for collaborative working, or used individually for private work or study.
After graduating from Tokyo’s ICS College of Arts in 1998, Okamoto worked as a designer in Japan for ten years before moving to Europe. Having settled in Milan, she is now working as a freelance furniture and product designer with commissions from a number of high-profile international clients. The hm77 modular seating system launched in 2010 and her latest product, the hm78 ‘Shika’ work chair both typify Okamoto’s characteristically playful approach to furniture design.