Lounge Chair for Sumi Memorial Hall, Formed Plywood with back and seat cushions.

Kenzo Tange’s Sumi Memorial hall Chair

Tange Kenzo, Tendo Co., Ltd. ‘Lounge Chair for Sumi Memorial Hall’, circa 1957. bent laminated birch and fabric, overall: 75 × 78.3 × 70 cm. M+, Hong Kong. [2016.449]. Image courtesy of M+, Hong Kong

Date: 1957

Designer: Kenzo Tange

Place of Origin: Ichinomiya, Japan

Kenzo Tange designed a chair for the Sumi Memorial Hall in Ichinomiya City, Japan. The building served as the headquarters for the Tsuyakin Kogyo Company, a local textiles manufacturer. Tange specifically crafted the chair for this project using molded 11-ply birch plywood with aluminum feet and a yellow and black seat cushion.

The chair consists of two separate molded plywood sections – one forming the back and the other the seat and legs – attached by four metal screws. It was intended for both the company’s head office and a meeting place for textile manufacturers from across Japan.

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