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Cabbage Chair | nendo

2008, Prototype, Materials: Paper, resin, 65X75X75 cm
Courtesy of Friedman Benda Gallery New York and Studio nendo

Cabbage Chair was produced by the nendo design group in response to a challenge made by fashion designer Issy Miyake. The idea was to find a use for the pile of paper which was a by-product of the process of folding the fabrics Miyake was using in many of his clothes designs. The Nendo group produced the chair for the exhibition, "21st Century Man," curated by Issy Miyake. Cabbage chair
is actually a compact role of paper which the user opens and peels outward, layer after layer, to produce a comfortable and flexible framework for the body. The folds themselves provide the chair with a springy elasticity and strength, as well as an almost crude look, but the user is still able to enjoy a comfortable and supple sensation. The chair has no inner frame and is assembled without screws or nails.


There is something poetic about the chair, but it is also practical; it is a product of a direct and minimalistic translation for industrial waste. The rigid form is in strong contrast to its comfort, and the recycling of the material and low cost of producing and distributing the product has contributed significantly to an awakening of the debate on the connection between design and sustainability.

nendo is a design studio founded in 2002 by the Japanese architect and designer Oki Sato (b. 1977 in Canada), who works today in Tokyo and Milan. nendo is known for its clean and minimalistic style and for the use of innovative materials. In 2015, the studio was chosen by the magazine Wallpaper as one of the five most influential studios in the world of design.

Photos: Itay Benit


 
 
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