Kiichiro Ogawa solves the problem of what to do with a languishing stack of old magazines in fine style with Manga chair. Like many people, Ogawa had a stack of long forgotten magazines quietly gathering dust, but instead of sending them to a landfill, he repurposed the old Manga magazines as a functional chair.
The Barracks designer Ogawa was excited to exhibit the chair for the first time at BKLYN Designs, in and around Dumbo. Usually the convention is limited to local designers, but noticing a growing mutual admiration between Brooklyn and Japan, this year several innovative Japanese designers were invited to exhibit.
The chair salvages scrap plywood and a years’ worth of weekly Shonen Jump Manga comics. These thick volumes are often discarded. And with a readership of almost three million in Japan alone, that’s a lot of potential building material. The compressed magazine page edges echo the layers of pale wood material within the plywood, complementing the simple and elegant construction. With space saving in mind, a neat footstool with simple finger grips slots comfortably into the space underneath the seat.
Of course the used Manga comics add a sense of fun to Ogawa’s design, but it’s interesting to imagine how variations on could utilise assorted publications to varied aesthetic effect. Barracks recycled chair celebrates the joy of giving new and long lasting function to once loved, now unwanted belongings.