Seat, Zaishu ‘Looking for water’, designed by Matthew Butler and Julie Paterson

Made 2007

Zaishu is a Japanese-inspired, print-decorated plywood seat of laser-cut components that can be flat-packed and assembled without glue or nails. Zaishu was conceived by the Australia designer Matthew Butler of Bluesquare design in 2004 and launched using stencilled street artwork at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. Since then the commercial Zaishu range has expanded to include versions of the stool printed with 1970s wallpaper designs by Florence Broadhurst, botanical pri...


Stool-style seat of five flat, rectangular sections of hoop pine plywood slotted together and printed with an abstract design in red, brown and black. Stamped on the interior of one side panel is, 'ZAISHU / Cloth limited edition prints 2007 / / MAX LOAD WEIGHT 150KG / NO STANDING SITTING ONLY / GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL / CHOICE CERTIFIED'. The seat can be dismantled to flat pack.


420 mm
410 mm
270 mm


Seat designed by Matthew Butler in 2004 and print designed by Julie Paterson of Cloth, Sydney. Made by Zaishu Pty Ltd in 2007.
Paterson, Julie 2004


Purchased 2007

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Seat, Zaishu 'Looking for water', designed by Matthew Butler and Julie Paterson 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 April 2017, <>
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