‘family’ chairs

japanese designer junya ishigami, created three new furniture items for contemporary spaces presented by the italian living divani company at the salone del mobile 2010. ‘family’ chair is an ironic, distorted revisitation of an archetype.

junya ishigami: family chairs the entire ‘family’, its minimal nature gives it a decorative element

junya ishigami: family chairs ‘drop’ table

‘drop’ table is a furniture piece that plays with the illusion of depth, achieved through the combination of design and technology.

junya ishigami: family chairs ishigami explores transparency

junya ishigami: family chairs detail of table top

junya ishigami: family chairs

available as a dining table (height 75cm) or coffee table (height 39cm), ‘drop’ is designed with the optical effect of a lens which distorts its surroundings; in this case the ‘family’ chairs. the tables are made entirely of glossy transparent perspex.

junya ishigami: family chairs the garden ‘plate’ coffee table

junya ishigami: family chairs junya ishigami portrait © designboom

junya ishigami was born in 1974 in kanagawa, japan. he graduated in 2000 with a master of architecture and planning course at the tokyo national university of fine arts and music. from 2000 to 2004, he worked at kazuyo sejima & associates, before he established his own practice junya.ishigami + associates in 2004. in 2005 he showcased his first installation in milan, in collaboration with the japanese automotive brand lexus. through ishigami’s artistic approach to his practice in his early career, he has helped to redefine the boundaries between art and architecture. he has since been awarded the kirin art project prize and won the first prize for his house proposal for the tokyo electric power company. ishigami designed an installation in milan for the canon neoreal show in 2008 and completed his first building, the facility at kanagawa institute of technology in 2007. the design was a forest-like structure of white poles bound only by glass, and contained by a simple steel roof. he used a similar construction for his delicate greenhouse design for the japanese pavilion at the venice architecture biennale in 2008.