Torii Armchair

Designed by Nendo for Minotti

Made in Italy

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two minotti torii armchairs in situ

Japanese Influence

The metal frame found in the components of the Torii collection evokes the image of the Senbon Torii, the wooden colonnade in Kyoto that forms a gallery made up of 1,000 vermilion torii gates.

two minotti torii armchairs in situ
minotti torii armchair in situ
minotti torii armchair in situ
close up of piping on a minotti torii armchair
minotti torii armchair in situ


Airy, with constructive details linked to Japanese tradition, the Torii Armchair by Nendo for Minotti plays with round-edged volumes, thin profiles, and the apparent formal simplicity of an extremely detailed design.

The metal structure of the legs of the seats and tables is Nendo’s nod to the image of the torii, the entrance gate to Shinto shrines in Japan. With an interlocking game, the horizontal elements are laid on the vertical supports, ensuring a sophisticated visual lightness that accommodates the padded volume, characterized by couture craftsmanship.

The slim backrest features vertical quilting and piping running along the perimeter of the cushioning, underlining the couture quality of the craftsmanship. The eco-leather and eco-nubuck piping are in a slightly contrasting color, but in the same shade as the fabric, if combined with a textile covering, whereas the leather versions come in the same shade when combined with leather upholstery. All the upholstered elements of the system can be customized by choosing the covering: 100% fabric or leather, or in fabric with a leather base.

The seats can be accessorized with leather magazine caddy, crafted with fine luggage-crafting techniques, and enriched with the same metal details as the base. The end of the horizontal metal element of the legs is designed so that it almost holds the backrest and seat, recalling the kigumi technique, borrowed from the Japanese tradition of wood construction. A small decorative disk with Black-Nickel finish, in the form of a jewel-like button located at the end, adds a precious detail to the ensemble and creates a series of contrasts with the Bronze color varnished metal finish of the legs.

The armchairs and swivel armchairs in the form of a perfect circle were designed to meet a variety of requirements, both in terms of functionality and ergonomics, available in a range of different types. The seats—in the Bergère, Large, Medium, and Small versions—are the result of in-depth research carried out to find the best way to express the sophisticated simplicity of the craftsmanship.

The Small Armchair is also available in the Torii Nest version with a braided leather backrest and a pattern inspired by Vienna straw, inserted in a solid ash wood frame that sits on a base in the same material.


  • Plywood seat structure padded with high-resilience, variable-density polyurethane foam with high-rubber-content elastic webbing to maximize seat comfort
  • Metal backrest coated in flame-resistant polyurethane foam, and then covered in breathable, hypoallergenic heat-bonded fiber for added softness
  • The backrest/armrest structure and its internal casing feature a quilted vertical slat pattern finished with double stitching and piping around the perimeter
  • The seat cushion and its internal casing feature a stitching detail at the center of the seat
  • Backrest and seat cushions in channeled goose down (Assopiuma Gold Label certified) undergo routine sanitization as specified in EC Regulation No. 1069/2009, with core insert in high-resilience, variable-density polyurethane foam
  • The piping is made of eco-leather and/or eco-nubuck (a dry-cleanable material)
  • Structure, seat, and backrest cushion covers are completely removable in all versions (fabric and leather)
  • Metal swivel base, varnished Bronze color with a polished anti-fingerprint finish. 360° swivel with return.
  • Feet made of 25 mm Ø solid metal rods, varnished Bronze color with a polished anti-fingerprint finish; tip and decorative element in brass with Black-Nickel finish. Black protective SEBS glides.


  1. All-fabric or all-leather upholstery;
  2. Base upholstered in Cat. Nature leather; backrest, seat, and backrest cushions in fabric

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