Famous for his unusual chair design ideas, Oki Sato from Nendo Studio, presented at iSaloni 2016, 50 metal chairs inspired in the Manga comics. Modern Chairs saw the interview to Coveted Magazine and liked it very much.
Manga comics are deeply rooted in Japanese culture, since they can be traced back to Ukiyoe prints developed during the Edo period (1603-1868 A.D.). This installation of 50 manga chairs is the result of adapting the strong symbolic nature of manga comics to modern chairs design. Manga consists of a series of frames on a single sheet of paper that creates a sequence.
Similarly, 50 standard living room chairs are lined up in a grid, each one conjures up a sense of story, and each with a design element from manga.
Sato side chairs for iSaloni 2016.
With the abstraction of manga comics in mind, physical aspects such as colour and texture are intentionally avoided as much as possible. Instead, a complete mirror finish is opted for, which generates new spatial layers as the mirror surface reflects the real world, just like manga does.
Oki Sato from Nendo Studio was born in Toronto, Canada and has an M.A. in Architecture from the Waseda University in Tokyo. See hist interview to Coveted Magazine.
In 2015 he participated in several privite exhbitions: “chocolatexture lounge” at Maison & Objet in Paris; “tokyo tribal collection” at Maison & Objet in Singapore; “nendo works 2014-2015″ at Milan Design Week in Milan; and “nendo 3/3″ EYE OF GYRE in Tokyo.