Exhibitors 2019

Take a seat


It does not matter whether they are armchairs with armrests, stuffed, foldable chairs, child seats, stools, as long as they are innovative, artistic, functional, in other words, with a strong identity. These were the requirements for the “Take a seat” competition created by Asian Studies Group (for the “design” section of the sixth edition of the Switch on Your Creativity format) in collaboration with Superstudio. A project addressing young designers coming from Osaka prefecture with the support of the Italian Institute of Culture of the city.

Do we need a new chair, besides the thousands existing ones and the hundreds of new proposals every year? A thought, a challenge, an invitation to reflect on an archetype of decor, expression of different functions and cultures, led to a selection, among various projects left anonymous, of the proposals by three Japanese designers that revealed to be three women of three different generations.

Akino lida (in collaboration with Koji Saki, Eko Yasuno) with his primordial chair made of bamboo trunks, Mayumi Kuwayama with her conceptual chair of intersected vegetable “veins”, and the curvilinear objects-holder chair by the student Luna Naito.