The Art of the Chair

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Liz

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

Introducing YOY, a Tokyo based design studio represented by Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto. Naoki is a graduate of architectural design from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, working as a spatial designer, while Yuki is a product designer who graduated in industrial design at Kanazawa College of Art. The pair joined forces in 2011, forming YOY with the intention of creating a new story between space and objects. Canvas is their latest story, or rather illustration come to life.

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

At first glance, this is a simple canvas with a quirky print – it would be a great piece in any home, hung on the wall in an elegant dining room or modern bedroom. The two dimensional drawing of either a chair or sofa is definitely something that would be desirable to many of us on its own. Of course, coming from YOY, it has a twist. Yes it’s a canvas and yes it can be hung up to admire, but also, it can be leant against the wall and sat on. The drawing of a chair is also in fact a chair, you can essentially sit in your purchased artwork. Certainly useful if you’ve run out of seats and guests are over!

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa

Now to the technical part before you run to your nearest prized art piece, set it against the wall and fall through it. YOY’s canvas chairs have a frame made of wood and aluminium and are covered by an elastic fabric which is printed with the texture of a canvas and the chair or sofa drawing. It is this elasticated fabric that moves to hold the individual’s weight, allowing it to become a functioning seat. YOY perceive it is a canvas shaped chair with a drawing of a chair. What do you think chair or art? Or both? Either way, it’s a unique and stylish piece that will definitely get people talking – and sitting!

Photo Credit Yasuko Furukawa