the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

from now through july 4, 2021, ATELIER MUJI GINZA in tokyo explores the universe of windsor chairs in collaboration with ‘the windsor department’. as its name suggests, the windsor department is a design study group of the historical chair founded by three designer units: taiji fujimori, inoda+sveje, and drill design. 2021 marks ten years since the group was established, and MUJI is celebrating with an exhibition dedicated to its studies, including documents and maquettes showing the thought process of the group, ten chairs, each developed by one of the designers, as well as historical models redesigned in the past.the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZAall images ©️ ATELIER MUJI GINZA

 

 

back in 2019, ATELIER MUJI GINZA held the exhibition ‘surviving long into the future’, which showcased 50 bentwood and bent-pipe chairs including the classic ‘no.14’ model, whose original design was developed by bentwood technique pioneer thonet. this year, the gallery’s ‘surviving long into the future’ focus shifts to another iconic piece of design: the windsor chair. the exhibition presents the activities of the windsor department and its founders; taiji fujimori, drill design, and inoda+sveje.the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

 

 

the windsor department’s activities center on searching for ‘windsor-style articles’ that feature the forms, atmosphere and charms of the iconic seating piece. their experiments started in 2011, seeking out consciously why this chair’s form and presence had been so attractive to them. the three designer units have been working on creating modern forms of windsor chairs, each with their own approach. one of the notable points is that their activities find value in re-designing the chair’s original form and evolving it into the future.the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

 

 

in this exhibition, organized by MUJI, all things around the windsor chair are presented in one place. the chair’s origin is said to have come from the practical chairs made by joiners in the english town of windsor and its surrounding area in the late 17th century. they were to be used by the general public and farmers, and were characterised by ‘having a thick wooden seat into which the legs and spindles are directly inserted’, said windsor chair researcher, ivan sparkes. the windsor chair exhibition at ATELIER MUJI GINZA is a nostalgic yet somehow very modern ‘re-design’ workshop to weave time and memories into forms.the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

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the windsor chair ATELIER MUJI GINZA

the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

the windsor chair ATELIER MUJI GINZA

the windsor chair ATELIER MUJI GINZA

the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

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the windsor chair ATELIER MUJI GINZA

the windsor chair: historical models + experimental redesigns at ATELIER MUJI GINZA

 

 

exhibition info:

 

name: surviving long into the future – the case of the windsor chair: 10 years of the windsor department

organizer: MUJI

planning collaboration: windsor department: taiji fujimori, drill design, inoda+sveje

space design: taiji fujimori (gallery2), drill design (gallery1)

graphic design: mina tabei

cooperation: the furniture museum, time & style, kanemitsu shikkiten, ltd, karimoku furniture inc., sakura seisakusho inc., daniel co.,ltd., scandinavian living company A/S

planning and management: household division / household design, ryohin keikaku co., ltd. and ATELIER MUJI GINZA (MUJI ginza)

location: ATELIER MUJI GINZA gallery 1・gallery 2 (6F MUJI ginza)

duration: may 14 ― july 4, 2021

admisson: free

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