chihiro yamamoto creates chair out of japanese paper and wrinkles

chihiro yamamoto creates chair out of japanese paper and wrinkles

japanese designer chihiro yamamoto incorporates the act on sitting on a chair as part of the design for ‘ma chair’. covered in a single piece of japanese paper, the chair creases and wrinkles when users sit on it – completing the design of the chair and forming a unique look for each piece of furniture.





the designer also considers the environmental issue of creating mass-produced pieces, where people take objects for granted and disregard their value after some time. in contrast, he decided to produce a chair that would continue to engage the users in its design, and encourage the people to use them for a longer period.





the chair uses the naoron paper, developed by onao co, ltd. the paper is made of a material that is hard to tear, yet has the peculiar and delicate feel and texture of japanese paper. the material is also strong with water and light. the paper retains the memory of wrinkles, recording the marks as evidence of its use. the simple structure is made of only four metal legs to bring out the texture of the paper. the japanese paper is sewn as backstitch to cover the structure and emphasizes the folds characteristic to the ‘ma chair’.



product info:


designer: chihiro yamamoto

product name: ma chair



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edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

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