Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on July 16, 2008
Don’t you just hate it when you buy a piece of flat pack furniture from a certain Swedish home product empire and you schlep it all the way home only to discover a key piece of wood has been drilled incorrectly, or that there’s a bolt missing, preventing you from constructing said piece of furniture? BTW, this isn’t a hypothetical… sadly, this was my weekend.
But proud owners of the über aesthetic Nendo Cabbage Chair can say sayonara to that particular dilemma.
Designers partaking in Issey Miyake’s 21st Century Man exhibition — to commemorate the first anniversary of the 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi Tokyo — were asked by Miyake himself to create a piece of furniture from a roll of excess pleated material that would have otherwise gone to waste. With the 21st Century in mind, Tokyo design company Nendo’s innovative offering came in the form of a Cabbage Chair, so named because you naturally peel away layers to reveal… a small chair.
Designer Oki Sato added resins to the original paper production process to give the chair strength and form. While the pleats themselves “give the chair elasticity and a springy resilience, for an overall effect that looks almost rough, but gives the user a soft, comfortable seating experience”.
The best part? This fabulous piece of designer furniture has no internal parts and so doesn’t require any nails or screws (or bits of wood with holes drilled incorrectly) in order to assemble. The chair can simply be shipped as a compact roll to be cut open and peeled back at home.
Now, if I can just locate my pair of sharp scissors.