2020 September 1st, on the tenth anniversary of Fnji, a Chinese independent furniture brand, the first furniture design performance in China–Dream Flow, was held at the Beijing Hey Town Art Center, presenting the ten years of the brand in the form of “scenic poetry and object theater”. This is the first time in the history that a Chinese furniture brand combines its brand concept with new collection release in the form of a “show”. Since its establishment, Fnji has become increasingly integrity and perfect. It is like a journey in search for a river and tracing of self, which keeps flowing and going on in the eternal time. What Fnji has done in the past decade is interpreting the concept of “Nature Bred, Home Nourished” that is flowing in the blood of the brand.
▼梵几2020山脊线新品系列，Fnji 2020 Crest Line New Collection ©梵几
Fnji carries the gene of “Nature Bred”. The Taoism of China has an expression, “Tao models itself after nature”. The intimacy between humans and the nature is inherent. Fnji has always insisted on taking solid wood as the main material and using a multitude of natural materials like leather, wool and stone, infusing the spirit of the nature back to the daily life. The inspiration drawn from the natural forms has also give birth to various classical works of Fnji such as Mantis Chair, Peascod Rocking Chair and Starfish Chair.
▼从自然中汲取灵感，inspired by the nature ©梵几
“Home Nourished” is the refinement and expression of Fnji on inheritance. By perceiving the Oriental culture and traditional life and combining with the lifestyles of modern people, the Oriental flavor and philosophy are incorporated into the inspiration of designers. Fnji has always insisted on manual polishing to preserve the natural wood grain and texture, presenting the subtle details and a gentle touch which cannot be copied by the cold and hard industrial manufacture. It is the inheritance and protection of traditional Chinese craftsmanship, as well as an ultimate pursuit of design.
▼梵几2020山脊线新品系列的用场景，usage scene of Fnji 2020 Crest Line New Collection ©梵几
Crest Line New Collection of Fnji, 2020
尺寸：L/W281 P/D233 H112
适用床垫尺寸L/W180 P/D200 H220
The design of the kite bed is inspired by traditional Chinese swallow-tailed kites. The backrest of the bed takes the shape of the wings of a swallow-tailed kite. For the hard part of the bed, the solid wood lines have a backward bending tension, while the soft part of the bed encloses the user to increase the comfort. The solid wood and the soft part are connected with hardware to create a sense of space, reminding us of the relationship between virtual and reality in traditional ink wash painting. The foot of the bed takes the shape of the swallow’s tail, slender and expanded. Because of the heavy thickness of the soft part of the backrest, this bed can be placed on the same plane as the solid wood part. Therefore, it can be placed against the wall or placed independently to separate the space of the bedroom.
▼风筝床，kite bed ©梵几
The unique fabric KvadratMosaic is adopted. The name KvadratMosaic specifically expresses the visual experience brought by the fabric. The special processing technology gives the diamond pattern a three-dimensional effect. Looking from a distance, the fabric has an overall color. But if you look closer, you will find that the color of each fabric is formed by the combination of two subtly contrasting colors or yarns of the same tone.
▼远看面料有着整体的颜色，fabric has an overall color from distanced view ©梵几
In order to achieve the effect of wrapping the special-shaped soft roll inward, lots of manual intervention is needed in the production process. As for choosing the fabrics, highly stretch fabrics is used to make the kite bed with special-shaped soft roll. The connecting piece of the product is made of metal independently developed by Fnji Furniture. ©梵几
Peascod Rocking Chair
尺寸：L/W189 P/D78 H74（坐高32）
“I helped my parents pick long beans when I was a kid. Holding this arc thing in my hands, I could feel the bulge beans with my fingertips. Why do I always talk about my love to the nature? It is because the natural things have a natural change on the arc. In the later period, I designed less and less simple products with straight lines. The designs from my hand basically have curves. It is actually the law of natural growth, regardless the human bones or the branches from thick to thin. The peascod shows a change from a slice to three-dimensional body. A fat bean runs out and in repeatedly. It is a very beautiful form. I want to make a rocking chair with this inspiration.” ——by Guqi,CEO and Designer of Fnji
▼豆荚摇椅，peas cod rocking chair ©梵几
The Peascod Rocking Chair is the first rocking chair of Fnji Furniture, a furniture with dynamic experience. Inspired by peascods, the solid wood frame is like the external shape of the peascod, and the soft roll is like the beans inside. The design of the Peascod Rocking Chair is inspired from the overall streamlined shape of the peascod, with the armrest and suspended backrest that is similar to the mantis chair, and a cylindrical soft roll.
▼整体造型富有流线感，streamlined shape of the chair ©梵几
The birth of the Peascod Rocking Chair took a series of attempts. The difficulty lies in two problems, namely, how to ensure that the rocking curve of the rocking chair is in a comfortable range and how to maintain an angle that is easy to go up and down in a static state. Regarding these two issues, we did a lot of tests to test the rocking curve in the early stage. After many failed prototyping products (the designer even wanted to give up), we finally found the perfect balance of ergonomics. We thickened the connecting part of the curved board, but retained the slender edge of the curved board, so that the curved board can support the user when he/she lies down by its own thickness, and meanwhile, the visible surface is still slender and beautiful.
The soft cushion of the rocking chair is composed of 12 cylinders with 5 different diameters and levels of hardness connected together. According to the force on the chair when the user is lying on it and the characteristics of the sitting position of the user, the designer designed cylinders placed in different positions with different levels of hardness, and carefully designed the arrangement of cylinders of different sizes to ensure the overall seat surface is soft and supported. The soft cushion of the rocking chair is not firmly fixed on the wooden frame, but can be slightly adjusted based on the height of the user, so as to provide the most comfortable experience. The external material of the soft roll is 100% Italian-made cowhide. The leather is silky smooth, firm and durable, rich and inclusive. The soft cushion is placed on the wooden frame, the cover of which is not removable, but can be replaced as a whole.
▼摇椅软包可以根据使用需求调整位置，the soft cushion of the rocking chair could be adjusted according to different requirements ©梵几
Mantis Chair 10th year anniversary limited version
尺寸：L/W56 P/D57 H91（坐高45 扶手高65）
The 10th anniversary limited version of the Mantis Chair is redesigned based on the existing soft roll of the Mantis Chair. The design of the soft cushion is improved, and the rounded corners of the backrest are increased to make the overall shape look rounder. Secondly, the external material of the soft roll is changed from fabric to leather, and the surface is added with unequal-spaced stitches similar to the belly of a mantis, creating a concave-convex feel similar to the belly of a mantis, adding a three-dimensional sense to the flat cushion, and making the overall shape look more three-dimensional. In terms of design, the backrest line is larger than the classic version of the mantis chair with larger rounded corners, and the stitch widths are different. When sitting down, the leather surface is slightly undulating, as if it can breathe.
▼螳螂椅，mantis chair ©梵几
The external material of the soft cover is 100% Italian-made cowhide. This leather is silky smooth, firm and durable, rich and inclusive. In order to create a concave-convex feel to the stitching, the designer stitched the leather and sponge together, so that the stitched position can naturally sag, while the leather surface without stitches will bulge and be soft when sitting on it.
▼椅子表面设有不等距缝线，the surface of the chair with unequal-spaced stitches ©梵几
It is the first full-leather armchair of Fnji Furniture, and also the first chair to use stereotyped sponge technology. The streamlined shape of the three-dimensional curved surface of the armor armchair, in order to pursue quality and beauty, is applied with a whole piece of cowhide with almost no broken lines. Combined with the stereotyped sponge technology, it looks as a whole. The soft-covered curve is compact and straight, just like a heroic warrior, and the details are highlighted in the soft-covered stitching. The armrest and back of the armor armchair are connected to the base respectively. The edge of the backrest is close to the edge of the armrest. The middle of the armrest has a waist-contracting design, which is stretching upwards slightly, with a kind of dynamic feel, and is close to the cushion downwards, which is more low-key. The inside of the seat is connected to the armrest and the backrest with a metal screw. The armor armchair can be used in the study, living room, etc. It can match small and tall coffee tables such as I-shaped side tables and four-legged round tables, as well as various sofas as the finishing touch of the room.
▼铠甲椅，armor armchair ©梵几
▼全皮质单人椅，full-leather armchair ©梵几
King’s Round Table
1.35版：L/W135 P/D135 H750
1.6版：L/W160 P/D160 H750
It is the first round table with a turntable of Fnji Furniture, and also the first time that Fnji Furniture used metal casting to make furniture. The bracket of the King’s Round Table is like a crown, which is cast in one piece with copper. it is rarely seen in China nowadays to cast a large-scale integral round bracket with copper, which is a technological attempt to break the limit. The bracket looks slender, but it is actually very strong and solid. The copper surface has a handmade texture and beauty, which can support the tabletop and connect the base. There is a kind of ethereal beauty in the equidistant spacing between the metal edges. The connection between the metal bracket and the base also plays a role of balance and stability visually.
▼国王圆桌，King’s round table ©梵几
The base and the tabletop are connected by a metal frame in the middle. The 1.6-meter round table is equipped with a turntable. The metal bracket between the tabletop and the legs is made of metal casting. The tabletop is a solid wood frame with a plywood core, made of black walnut, with oak ruled art pattern and solid wood edges. The table presents a strong aura and is rich in details with a combination of metal and wood.The King’s Round Table is more in line with the Chinese dining habits and has a larger size. It can meet the needs of users whether they are dining alone or with families and friends.
▼使用场景与支架细部，usage scene and bracket details ©梵几
尺寸：L/W247 P/D117 H86
面料： kvadrat fiord2 721 冰蓝 ice blue
Material: Solid wood; upholstered in cloth
Size: L / W247 P / D117 H86
Timber: Black Walnut
Fabric: Kvadrat fiord2 721 ice blue
The Iceberg Sofa is inspired by glaciers and is a story about time. The sofa’s well-defined seat surface, backrest and armrests tell about the formation of the glacier and the solid wood base with special-shaped curves represents the disappearing of the glacier. Different in shape, independent blocks interlock with each other to form a dynamic assemblage. “Give life to time and give equality to life.” Under the glacier, human beings and animals are a community of common destiny. Human beings should cherish the time with nature.
▼冰山沙发，iceberg sofa ©梵几
The Iceberg Sofa is a continuation of the Mountain Sofa of the Fnji Crest Line. It is inspired by the natural iceberg. Since its establishment, Fnji has always attached great importance to the relationship between nature, people and furniture, and has based most designs on nature. The adoption of the iceberg element this time shows Fnji’s awe of nature and its thinking and review of environmental protection, about which we have seen a lot of news in recent years. Due to global warming, temperatures in the north and south poles have reached 20 degrees, and glaciers have melted. Rare animals such as penguins and polar bears have suffered severe damage to their living environment and are on the verge of extinction. At the same time, the melting of permafrost also means that the ancient viruses are about to be released, which threatens the survival of all animals and human beings. In view of this, Fnji as a furniture design brand wants to awaken more people’s awareness of environmental protection through design and hopes to voice together with socially responsible brands like Kvadrat and to record the products of this era that are closely related to humanitarian values.
▼冰山形状的沙发唤醒人们对于环境保护的认知，iceberg-shaped sofa awakening people’s awareness of environmental protection ©梵几
Hemingway once proposed a famous “Iceberg Theory” that says: “it is the 1/8 of the iceberg emerging above the sea that makes it magnificent.” The remaining 7/8 of iceberg should be made up by the personal experience and imagination of the reader. It can be regarded as a simple art. In other words, we delete every unimportant element to make it simple, which outperforms those complicated designs. It either requires elaboration with details nor asks for one hundred percent since 1/8 is a perfect representation. “Iceberg” is a metaphor of the self in psychology: the part exposing to audiences is actually a tiny part of the object. A brand is also a life form —we make creation and presentation, but a bigger inner world is concealed under the iceberg. A more wonderful spiritual world and subconsciousness are hidden in the depth that are invisible. If you reveal the bigger iceberg under the dark water, you will see the desire, expectation and faith of life, you will see the true self and the real Fnji.
▼冰山形状的沙发象征时间的积累，iceberg-shaped sofa representing the accumulation of time ©梵几
We imitate the natural form of glaciers created by wind and frost in billions of years and applies it to the design of sofa blocks through bionics methods. The blocks are shaped like sculptures and provide different looks from different perspectives. Six independent blocks collide and interlock with each other to form the Iceberg Sofa that is both uniquely-shaped and comfortable. The solid wood base imitates the ice water from melting glaciers. The solemn lines, the wool fabric with soft touch, and the humanization design with strong support create rich feelings when one is sitting on the sofa. This is Fnji’s attempt for more irregular shapes: while keeping the basic functions, we challenge the traditional form and concept of sofa.
▼沙发由六个独立体块咬合而成，the sofa is composed of six independent blocks ©梵几
The special-shaped block design brings great technical challenges. We return to the most primitive method and separately process the internal skeleton and the surface sponge for each surface and then assemble them. The entire process requires accurate grasp and application of techniques. We select the multi-purpose wool fabric of Kvadrat Fiord made of blended yarns and undyed yarns. The visual effect of pearl-like dots on the surface creates the three-dimensional effect of the Iceberg Sofa.
The design is inspired by the mushrooms that grow naturally after the rain observed by the designer when he was in Japan, and he also ncorporated the shape of the starfish in the subsequent design. From high, low to high, there is a change in shape. It is the first full-leather chair of Fnji Furniture, the sitting surface, armrests and backrest are all made of leather. The whole piece of leather extends to the legs and the armrests extend outside, thin and slender. The sitting surface is thick, with a certain degree of softness, which it is very comfortable to sit on. The leather changes and details are handled very well. The Italian leather dani has the same feel as the interiors of many high-end cars. The backrest is high and can support the back of the user. The sitting surface is wide, allowing the user to sit cross-legged. With a strong sense of design, the chair is a scene by itself and easy to match any furniture. It becomes the focal point in the space, especially when it matches with the king’s Round Table, presenting a strong aura.
▼海星椅，starfish chair ©梵几
The Starfish Chair is a must-have for a high-end large dining table.
▼海星椅围绕圆桌配置，starfish chairs around the table ©梵几