Kimono Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

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Kimono Chair is a concept for creating furniture out of a flat piece of material by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka.

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Created for Vitra Edition 2007, it was presented at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhien, Germany, in June, during the Design Miami/Basel collectors' fair.

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The lacerated fabric - similar to the plastic sleeves used to protect wine bottles - is draped over a steel frame.

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Here is a statement from Yoshioka:

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In order to realise the experimental piece, I pondered a concept of a new chair, which would open out the future possibilities of design. The concept of the chair was transformation of simple flat material into a volume.

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The process between the initial form and the finished product is nothing you can imagine or express in a drawing: it is just like magic.

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As I have grown up reading Japanese manga comics, I might have been naturally influenced by the magical world of flash transformation and instant metamorphoses.

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- Tokujin Yoshioka