Surviving Long into the Future: 50 Chairs Passing Down Their DNA – From the Collection of Keiji Nagai

Atelier Muji Ginza

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Atelier Muji Ginza Gallery 1 will hold an exhibition of 50 chairs that pass down their “DNA “to the future inherited from a single chair that has been in production for the longest time in the history of modern design. The starting point of the story is Chair No. 14, made in 1859 by Gebrüder Thonet in Vienna, which laid the foundation for mass production by perfecting the new technology of bending solid wood. The chair was received with great surprise at the time for a structure and design that eliminated unnecessary parts and reduced transportation costs to a minimum thanks to its knock-down structure. Chair No. 14 sees its 160th anniversary this year.

In this exhibition, a chair is consideredan organism, and an attempt is made to visualize its network of DNA through 50 chairs made with bending technologies. It will also be a rare opportunity where design archetypes and variations, remix, and outstanding models are assembled under a single roof.

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from July 26, 2019 to November 24, 2019

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