nendo - Design New York Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    "XXIst Century Man," 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, March 30, 2008-July 6, 2008

  • Literature

    XXIst century man, exh. cat, 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo, 2008, p. 55
    Nendo: Thin Black Lines + Blurry White Surfaces, exh, cat., Phillips de Pury & Company, London, 2010, passim

  • Catalogue Essay

    Japanese collective Nendo conceived their “Cabbage Chair” in 2008 for curator Issey Miyake’s “XXIst Century Man”, an exhibition commemorating the first anniversary of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, a museum designed by Tadao Ando in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. Miyake invited Nendo to create a chair using the byproducts of the pleated fabric for which the fashion designer is renowned. The resulting work was a roll of paper and fabric which, when pealed back along a central seam, transformed into a chair.

    In addition to several white examples, Nendo produced four unique colored “Cabbage Chairs” for the exhibition including a red, an orange, and a green example as well as the present blue. A later edition of 40 white, black, and mixed black & white “Cabbage Chairs” were exhibited the following year at Friedman Benda, New York.

    “Cabbage Chairs” are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

    Phillips would like to thank Akihiro Ito of Nendo for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.


Unique blue "Cabbage Chair"

Pleated paper, pleated fabric.
22 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 18 1/4 in. (56.5 x 48.9 x 46.4 cm)

$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York 11 June 2013 11am