The chair, being both functional and open to artistic design, has always been an interesting subject for craftsmen and designers. While those created by famous overseas designers such as Charles Eames, Jr. (1907-78) and Charles Mackintosh (1868-1928) are popular in Japan, some Japanese artists are now focusing on making chairs that are more suited to the Japanese lifestyle.

Around 50 chairs by some 30 Kansai-based artists are on display, and visitors are encouraged to try them out and see how they feel. There will be 30-minute talks by some participating artists from 2 p.m. on July 2, 16 and Aug. 13; till Sept. 25.

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, (075) 957-3123, 5-3 Zenihara, Oyamazaki-cho, Otokuni-gun, Kyoto; 10-min. walk from Yamazaki Station, JR Kyoto Line, or from Oyamazaki Station, Hankyu Kyoto Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon.; open holidays and closed the following day. www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com.

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