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April 7, 2013

"Dream" — Tadao Ando's First Chair


If you click on the About Me link near the bottom of my sidebar you'll find that Tadao Ando is my favorite architect.

That was true long before boj started in 2004 and no one's come close to displacing this modern master of space and form from that pinnacle in the ensuing nine years.

Now comes his first chair.

Below, Julie Lasky's item from Wednesday's New York Times.

Next week, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando will introduce his first production piece: a chair called Dream [top], for the Danish company Carl Hansen & Son. The chair, which will be shown during the Milan Furniture Fair, is a single sheet of curved plywood set on a plywood base.

Mr. Ando "told us many times, 'I never promised you it would be easy,'" said Knud Erik Hansen, the chief executive of the family-run company, which is known for classic pieces by renowned designers like Hans J. Wegner and Mogens Koch.

Patience and a patent were required before the thin wood could be manipulated just so without cracking. "We have managed, and it's a wonderful chair, but I tell you it has given us gray hairs," Mr. Hansen added.

Dream will be available this summer in oak and American walnut, with optional leather upholstery, starting at about $4,000.


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Where is the chamber pot?

Posted by: joepeach | Apr 8, 2013 5:59:46 PM

Real nice as sculpture, not so much as a chair, though. I believe it would make one's butt look big, with sections protruding through that oval window. Perhaps ideal for 'roid sufferers?

And, although I actually kind of like this, there is something distinctly stink-buggy in the configuration of the upper half (seen head-on):

Posted by: Flautist | Apr 7, 2013 9:49:42 PM

It would make my butt look big. Ger.

Posted by: Becs | Apr 7, 2013 9:00:23 PM

Quite a few years ago the SF Intl Airport had an exhaustive display of chairs -- many, many hundreds including many famous designs. Fascinating exhibit; you'd have loved it.

Posted by: jim` | Apr 7, 2013 5:34:02 PM

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