Sarah Parsons

Tokujin Yoshioka Debuts Shape-Shifting, Recycled Aluminum Chair at Milan

by , 04/13/10

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The international design community has been buzzing about Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka’s new shape-shifting chair, due to debut in Milan Design Fair this week.  Made of recycled aluminum, the amorphic chair, called “Memory,” squishes into a new shape every time someone sits in it. Yoshioka designed the futuristic-looking piece of furniture for Italian brand, Moroso, and it is certainly an attention grabber!

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To create Memory, or “chair without a shape,” Yoshioka made a special fabric from recycled aluminum. After crafting a chair, the designer draped the fabric in a dome over the piece of furniture. The final design is a shape-shifting chair that contours to the body of whomever sits in it.

In addition to employing eco-friendly fabrics, Yoshioka says he hopes the chair’s metamorphic nature will inspire people to think about nature. “This chair might remind us of the beauty in nature with its ever-changing expressions, and also create the impression as if there is no presence of design,” Yoshioka said in a statement.

And remember, the annual Milan Design Fair officially kicks off tomorrow and Inhabitat will be on the scene bringing you the best and greenest designs so stay tuned!

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  1. gill April 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

    It doesn\’t make me think about nature other than don\’t litter…
    Aluminum isn\’t the best body contact material unless you\’re a chocolate bar.

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