Mimicry Chairs





V&A Commission

Japanese design studio Nendo filled the V&A with a unique installation based on the motif of a simple, albeit elegant chair

Nendo, a Japanese studio that has emerged as one of the most dynamic design groups of the last decade, was offered the opportunity to realise a sprawling installation within the rooms of the V&A. Ben Evans, Director of the Festival, observed that “the breadth and quality of their work is outstanding and they’re the new stars of design. It is why we have positioned them as a key project in our residency at the V&A this year.” Nendo’s project was titled Mimicry Chairs and comprised a series of elegant chair installations appearing in varying locations throughout the Museum. Working in contrast to the often ornate museum surrounding, the studio created a simple chair archetype made from pressed and punched metal which was finished in white to give it an ethereal, almost ghost-like appearance. A solo chair greeted visitors on arrival at the Grand Entrance. This singular statement is the basis for a series of installations located within the museum’s galleries, staircases and corridors. As visitors journeyed through the museum, the chairs were modified and morphed to mimic the particular space they inhabited as well as the surrounding objects. 

Nendo is run by Oki Sato and Akihiro Ito who have completed scores of projects all over the world since their formation in 2002, ranging in scale from small handheld items, lighting and furniture to major exhibition and retail interiors. “I don’t know many designers who have produced such an astounding number of new works in such a short period. Oki has a curiosity that never stops. He is interested in everything, and always has something to say,” states Jana Scholze, Curator of Modern Furniture and Product Design at the V&A. “There is a playfulness in Nendo’s work, and a formal simplicity, which is deceptive because the birth of the products can be extremely complex.”

London Design Festival

Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival feature hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2018 will be held 15-23 September, featuring over 400 Partners, Landmark Projects, and V&A Commissions.

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