Spool Chair by Keisuke Fujiwara


Tokyo designer Keisuke Fujiwara has wrapped bentwood chairs by German furniture brand Thonet in twelve kilometres of coloured thread.

Called Spool Chair, the project features twelve different coloured threads.

Fujiwara created one version in warm colours (called Fire) and a second in cool hues (called Water).

See also:

Walking stick wrapped in thread by Dominic Wilcox (December 2009)
Muji manufactured by Thonet (August 2009)

Here's a little text from Fujiwara:


THONET has secured its place in the history of modern design being the first in the world to mass-produce furniture thanks to its development of the bentwood technique in the 19th century.

Spool chair was wrapped up in about 12km of 12 different colored thin threads on the best chair in modern design, THONET No.14.
Fujiwara puts not only homage also an irony toward rationality and economy with modern ages.

This process shows how much powerful the hand-made work is.

Posted on Thursday March 4th 2010 at 2:40 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

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    Whao, wish I know the technique used to achieve this or is it a labourous approach

  • Jamie B

    @ads go on Dominic Wilcox’s site to see a video of how he did the original idea on walking sticks http://www.dominicwilcox.com/walkingstick.html Rather time consuming!

  • Beautiful – and Japanese.

    … could I reference Mendini’s work on decorating existing forms without sounding like a hater?

  • looks like a lot of work done on this.Nicely done

  • Simon

    Your Thonet link is wrong. It should be http://www.thonet.de

  • linearspread

    why bother. the chair is so beautiful by itself.

  • Thanks Simon, we’ve corrected the link now.

  • I absolutely love these chairs, reminds me very much of Dominic Wilcox, thread canes (previously on dezeen and as others have also mentioned) but in chair version.
    The result, and especially the colours chosen turn the chairs into these playfull shaded objects.
    The way the colour darkens towards the bottom is great, it gives the chair more ‘gravity’ than it otherwise would have had.

  • Marc