A prototype ‘Pane’ chair

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  • Literature

    ‘Thanks to the National Geographic Pane Chair’, Domus, April 2006, pp. 115-117; ‘A Spatial Poetry’, Casa Brutus, June 2006, p. 90; ‘Pane Chair’, AXIS, June 2006, pp. 7-9

  • Catalogue Essay

    TokujinYoshioka’s ‘Pane’ chair was inspired by a National Geographic article on the scientific and technological possibilities of fibres and textiles. Yoshioka explored the area and applied his findings to his design repertoire. He created a chair which was totally new, one that has never existed before, its design concept, manufacture and innovation truly unique. Made of a clear, malleable material called polyester elastomer, the ‘Pane’ chair (Italian for ‘bread’) is made using almost the same steps as producing a loaf of bread. First, a semi-cylindrical mass of fibres is rolled and moulded by Yoshioka into the form of a chair and held in shape, then it is wrapped in a piece of cloth and inserted into a cardboard tube, which is then baked in a kiln at 104 degrees centigrade. During the baking process the fibres ‘memorize’ the form of the chair, allowing the structure to absorb the force of the sitter with a web that is strong, yet soft and comfortable to sit in.

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A prototype ‘Pane’ chair

2006
Polyester elastomer fiber. 
80 cm. (31 1/2 in.) high
From the edition of 29 plus ten artist’s proofs. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.

Estimate
£8,000 - 12,000 Ω

sold for £11,875

NOW: Art of the 21st Century

26 Sept 2009
London