Chairs and beyond

 

We will be holding an exhibition showcasing several chairs selected from among the Historical Designs and Contemporary Designs in our gallery. They are not only places to sit, but also have an inner beauty and social relevance. We would like for you to see the chairs with new eyes, and enjoy them as works of art.

16 October - 5 November 2017
Hours : 13:00 - 19:00
Close on 24, 25, 31 October

Historical Design : Andrea Branzi, Alessandro Mendini, Michele De lucchi, Maurizio Peregalli, Shigeru Uchida
Contemporary Design : Takao Inoue, Satoshi Itasaka , Norihiko Terayama, Takuya Hamajima

Locations : SOMEWHERE TOKYO
2-7-1-1F Ebisuminami Shibuya-ku Tokyo
+81-3-6452-2224
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Domestic Animals
Andrea Branzi

This is one of the works entitled Domestic Animals by Andrea Branzi in 1985. A sculptural collage work of rough-hewn tree with bark and the seat. He had advocated neo-primitivism. Nowadays, there are a lot of works that are comprised of different materials. This work is the pioneer of that genre and had a big impact on following designers. We regard it a highly historical work which still keeps on shining even after 30 years.
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Blade
Maurizzio Peregalli

The work by Maurizio Peregalli in 1985. It was designed in the image of a blade and bent very thin stainless steel plate is used for its seat and back. It was released as what is called mass production pieces, but enable us the challenging attitude of the designer and the manufacturer.



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Arctic chair
Shigeru Uchida

Shigeru Uchida designed this chair for the purpose of taking it to the Arctic. From the late 70's through the 80's, he used to be a member of "Arctic people club". The club consisted of several creators whose aim was going to the Arctic. Therefore, he made it for his first exploration. There is only grid type frame for the seat and back of the chair. Grid structure is really creative and makes it more beautiful than ordinary chairs.

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First
Michele De Lucchi

First and Riviera are were released by Memphis Milano which is a group representing the post-modern design style of the 80's. Post-modern design was a declaration on the critical position of modern design which is based on functionalism. They tried to destroy the former generation's sense of values by innovative approaches such as showy colors and patterns, and unique forms. They are the first ideological artistic movement in the design history.
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Riviera
Michele De Lucchi

First and Riviera are were released by Memphis Milano which is a group representing the post-modern design style of the 80's. Post-modern design was a declaration on the critical position of modern design which is based on functionalism. They tried to destroy the former generation's sense of values by innovative approaches such as showy colors and patterns, and unique forms. They are the first ideological artistic movement in the design history.
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Atalia
Alessandro Mendini, Bruno Gregori

This chair was released by Alchimia, a group which also represents the post-modern design style of the 80's along with Memphis. Alessandro Mendini played an active role in Alchimia. Mendini emphasized decorative factors which had been often contradicted in the modern design era. He tended to use hand-painted works or patterns. This work adopted a pattern which looks like mosaic tiles.

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Re-Birth#5
Takao Inoue

Furniture series named "Re-birth" is a group of works that reproduce and add values respecting the past experiences and existence. This is the early works of Thonet Austria, a chair when he used to produce made to order furniture before manufacturing curved wood chairs. It is supposed to be around 150 years old. We honor that it had remained without breaking and changed to a new piece of art instead of just restoration.
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Schwarzwald Stool
Satoshi Itasaka

The theme of this chair is the Schwarzwald forest which had been destroyed by acid rain in the past. When we pour the same acid concentration as the rain over the steel, it drastically gets rusty in a few days. This work visualizes the influence of the toxic rain through rust. The slightly-built weak look raises a doubt to us.

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Pyrite stool / bended a moon
Norihiko Terayama

An ore called pyrite is a very interesting object which is a cubic crystal made inside of the natural stone. This work was inspired by an object which is very hard to believe such a thing come into being naturally. It expresses the unique mixture of organic shape and linear shape.



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U-stool
Takuya Hamajima

This is the chair of a steel main frame with wood and ceramic which is a combination of different materials. The artist classified the chair into some elements according to its' function and reconstructed them for the purpose of exploring proportions and structural aesthetics. He is especially interested in Japanese ceramic technique and he is trying to express something new by applying it to other fields. In this work, the seat is made of ceramic.
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