Kimono Chair is a concept for creating furniture out of a flat piece of material by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka.
The lacerated fabric - similar to the plastic sleeves used to protect wine bottles - is draped over a steel frame.
Here is a statement from Yoshioka:
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.
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.
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.
- Tokujin Yoshioka