Series 4. Eco Icon No.7

The ‘cabbage chair ‘by Nendo

The Cabbage Chair is a design concept by Japanese designers Nendo, and is made entirely  of waste paper from the pleated fabric industry. Nendo designed the chair for the 21st century man exhibition curated by Issey Miyake, which was launched in 2008 to coincide with the exhibition and now forms part of the collection at MOMA in New York,

“Miyake asked us to make furniture out of the pleated paper that is produced in bulk  during the process of making pleated fabric and usually abandoned as an unwanted by-product.Our solution to his challenge transformed a roll of pleated paper into a small chair that appears naturally as you peel away its outside layers, one layer at a time.Resins added during the original paper production process add strength and the ability to remember forms, and 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.”

Since the production process is so simple, Nendo’s concept explored the possibility that eventually the chair could be shipped as one compact roll for the user to cut open and peel back at home.The chair has no internal structure. It is not finished and it is assembled without nails or screws. The primitive design responds gently to fabrication and distribution costs and environmental concerns.

The inherent intelligence and sincerity of Nendo’s design concept is reflected in their design philosophy:

“Giving people a small ” ! ” moment. There are so many small ” ! ” moments hidden in our everyday. But we don’t recognize them.

and even when we do recognize them,we tend to unconsciously reset our
minds and forget what we’ve seen.

But we believe these small ” ! ” moments are what make our days so
interesting, so rich.

That’s why we want to reconstitute the everyday by collecting and
reshaping them into something that’s easy to understand.

We’d like the people who’ve encountered nendo’s designs to feel these
small ” ! ” moments intuitively.

That’s nendo’s job.”

Definitely a case of less is more….Nendo are feeding our souls without starving the planet…finding eco’s very own philosopy….

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