Oki-Nami 沖波 loosely translates from Japanese to meaning “offshore wave”, a type of ocean surface wave. Renowned artist Katsushika Hokusai painted the famous woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” or Kanagawa-oki nami ura (Under a wave off Kanagawa).
The image depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the town of Kanagawa (the present-day city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture). While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is more likely to be a large rogue wave. As in all the prints in the series, it depicts the area around Mount Fuji under particular conditions, and the mountain itself appears in the background.
Iranian designer Nazanin Kamali designed the modern Oki-Nami range for the Oki-Nami Japanese restaurant in Brighton, UK in 2008. The brief was to create contemporary tables, chairs and stools that reflected the craftsmanship, proportion and attention to detail found in Japanese creative industries, it also needed to be suitably comfortable and durable enough for its intended restaurant environment.
Nazanin Kamali designed the interior of the restaurant and worked with Case to create the tables, chairs and stools. The chair was Shortlisted for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in 2009.