Issey Miyake

A poetic transformation of industrial waste


The Cabbage chair was created for an exhibition organized in Japan by Issey Miyake, who challenged his contemporaries to conceive of new products for the twenty-first-century. What types of furniture and objects are appropriate, Miyake asked, for people who “don’t just wear clothes, but shed their skin?” He invited Oki Sato of Nendo to find a use for pleated paper, a material employed to process the signature fabric featured in Miyake’s garments. Vast amounts of this material are discarded as a by-product of the manufacturing process.
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Why Design Now?: Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2009 collection, Color Hunting


Featured in Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial.
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