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Small Japanese furniture maker seats diplomats comfortably

Asahi Sofu delivers 260 chairs to U.N. headquarters

Asahi Sofu uses computer aided design and manufacturing, a technology common in carmaking, to recreate Finn Juhl’s graceful furniture designs.

YAMAGATA, Japan -- A small woodworking company in a quiet town in northern Japan has pulled off a diplomatic coup of sorts, delivering 260 designer chairs to the New York headquarters of the United Nations.

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