A collection of storytelling seats

This article was originally published on PSFK.com


Award-winning Japanese design studio Nendo recently collaborated with the New York gallery Friedman Benda to present a truly unique installation that sits somewhere between Sci-fi dining and bi-polar reincarnation, bounded by abstract literary interpretation.

The exquisitely interesting instalment has been titled ’50 Manga Chairs’ and was created to coincide with this year’s Milan design week at the Basilica Minore di San Simpliciano from 12-17 April.


Inspired by the Japenese Manga style of comic books, the series of polished aluminium chairs resonate with young and old as they convey a spectrum of emotions in a near onomatopoeic display.


Set out in a diagonal offset, the chairs play and talk with one another to the bemusement and wonder of the beholder. As one’s perspective changes and moves from focus, so to do the relationships between the objects meaning that the eye’s of a child might decipher a different a view than that of their tall standing parent.


That said, the individual beauty of each creation is undoubtable. The clear concise lines are part and parcel of the eruptive forms as they resonate and then deviate from something you thought you knew, to something you need to read again.

Images: Kenichi Sonehara | Takumi Ota


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