We have been working for a while on a new line we’ve playfully decided to call “Sumo”. I had sketched several variants of this last year, but knew I needed to change the geometry of the curves a bit for it to look right – this is a similar curved leg to the Ellipte line, but bowed outward. It actually needed a bit more curve than Ellipte to seem graceful. Our version of the classic bowed Chinese lines, with solid but still open and airy feel. Will compliment a surprisingly large number of decorative styles, adding a modern touch with our finishes.
We will offer the Sumo line in 4 sizes initially in Coffee, Side and Game table formats, in the same finishes available for our other lines. It will be released with either + or x leg formats, like the Ellipte line, and should be available at the beginning of 2nd quarter 2017, i.e. around early April.
I’ve been thinking about this traditional Chinese “shape” since spending a couple of weeks in China in 2014, where I had never before traveled. We visited friends in Shenzhen (my boarding school roommate now teaches law there), then spent a few days in Hong Kong. We cruised up the coast to Xiamen, and then to Shanghai, where we spent 3 days, and loved the western meets Asian city feel. We flew inland to Xian to see the excavated terra cotta warriors, then went to Dalian on the Korean peninsula, and finally on to Tianjin and Beijing for a few days, and the requisite temples and Great Wall hike. Everywhere I went I saw these giant curves, especially on arbors, pagodas, temples, roofs, etc. Very stimulating – go when you can if you haven’t.