Hot or Not?: Cabbage Chair by Nendo

Hot or Not?: Cabbage Chair by Nendo

Kyle Freeman
Dec 17, 2008

We typically have visceral reactions to objects and promptly know how we feel about them. But this Cabbage Chair by Nendo has us going back and forth. So we thought it would be fun to take your pulse. Below the jump, check out the metamorphosis from a single column of waste paper (from the pleated fabric industry) into the spongy chair you see above (hint: think of husking corn...)

Nendo designed the cabbage chair for the XXIst Century Man exhibition curated by Issey Miyake to commemorate the first anniversary of 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi, Tokyo. The chair was exhibited from March 30th to July 6th, 2008.

Miyake requested that Nendo construct a piece from pleated paper, which is a typically wasted by-product of making pleated fabric.

According to Nendo: "Resins added during the original paper production process add strength and the ability to remember forms, and the pleats themselves give the chair elasticity and a springy resilience, for an overall effect that looks almost rough, but gives the user a soft, comfortable seating experience."

The part of us that is drawn to this chair loves the whispy yet sturdy look. Not to mention the brilliant reuse of otherwise wasted material. We remain suspicious about the chair's comfort level. What are your reactions to the Cabbage Chair?

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