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

Posted By Sarah Parsons On April 13, 2010 @ 6:45 pm In Eco Textiles,Green Design Events,green furniture,Green Materials,Green Products,Milan Furniture Fair,Recycled Materials,Sustainable Materials | 1 Comment

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The international design community has been buzzing about Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka’s [2] new shape-shifting chair, due to debut in Milan Design Fair [3] this week.  Made of recycled aluminum, the amorphic chair, called “Memory,” [4] squishes into a new shape every time someone sits in it. Yoshioka designed the futuristic-looking piece of furniture for Italian brand, Moroso [5], and it is certainly an attention grabber!

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To create Memory, or “chair without a shape,” [4] 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 [4] 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 [3] officially kicks off tomorrow and Inhabitat will be on the scene bringing you the best and greenest designs [3] so stay tuned!


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=105287

[2] Tokujin Yoshioka’s: http://www.tokujin.com/

[3] Milan Design Fair: http://www.inhabitat.com/milan-furniture-fair/

[4] called “Memory,”: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/03/31/memory-by-tokujin-yoshioka-for-moroso/

[5] Moroso: http://www.contemporary-home.co.uk/brands/Moroso/Furniture

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/13/shape-shifting-chair-crafted-from-recycled-aluminum/memory-chair/

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