nendo - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips
  • Description

    A Century of Modern Design: the Collection of Kai-Yin Lo
    Hong Kong-based collector Kai-Yin Lo amassed an extraordinary collection that reflects inspiration, innovation and scholarship. The collection of modern and contemporary design is global in its scope and vast in its chronological sweep.


  • Provenance

    Friedman Benda, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2016

  • Literature

    nendo: 50 manga chairs, New York, 2016, p. 93

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lots belong to Nendo’s series of fifty “Manga” chairs which were first presented as part of the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2016. As the names suggest, these designs take the Japanese drawing tradition as their inspiration source. In manga comics, each page contains multiple images arranged in a grid layout. Though flat, these images contain an explosive emotional impact and intellectual complexity. Nendo has done the same with these chairs. The chairs represent different iconographical or conceptual elements of manga, and similar to comics, there is an emphasis on line over mass and volume. There is an anthropomorphic quality to these static objects: they run away, they boom with laughter, they talk to each other and pick each other up. Despite their simple lines and sleek, reflective surfaces, these chairs have bold personalities that tell stories between each other as well as our relationship to them.

Eternal Form - A Century of Modern and Contemporary Design


‘Manga Chair (45)’

mirror-polished stainless steel
90.7 x 64.8 x 66.7 cm. (35 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 26 1/4 in.)
From the edition of 3 plus 2 artist’s proofs and 1 prototype. Executed 2015.

HK$35,000 - 55,000 

Sold for HK$40,000

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020