Now associated with high-end contract furniture that is super friendly to the planet, axona AICHI was established in Japan by Tsurumi Seisakusyo Co in 1939. In the late 40s the company began manufacturing connected chairs for movie theatres, and by the mid-1960s axona AICHI was creating seating for universities, schools and community centres, and was the number one manufacturer of folding chairs in Japan. The FC-1200 was an early success, utilised in thousands of educational institutions across Japan. The 70s saw axona AICHI produce the world’s first folding table on casters and the first stacking chair made of stainless pipe. Over the years the company has picked up the prestigious Japanese Good Design Award an impressive 135 times. Axona AICHI continues to lead the way globally when it comes to environmentally sustainable contract furniture. The TIPO chair (winner of the 2011 Reddot Design Award in Germany and 2014 Green Good Design Award) is an exemplary example of beautiful design that is also eco-friendly. Designed by Taku Kumazawa and manufactured from 100 per cent recycled materials (that in turn can be 100 per cent recycled) this stacking mesh chair is lightweight and very, very comfortable. Also by Kumazawa is the CTZ flip-top table (winner of the IF Product Design Award in Germany) setting new standards when it comes to a lightweight, portable table for meeting, conference and training rooms.