Armchair in thermoformed birch plywood, seat in bronze tweed.
Black plate under the seat and white label in Japanese characters.
The Lounge Chair was designed by architect Tange Kenzo for Tendo Mokko, a highly influential furniture company established by woodworkers in northern Japan in 1940. Amidst postwar rebuilding efforts and expanding consumerism in the 1950s and 1960s, furniture makers like Tendo Mokko produced and marketed a number of products for government, corporate, and domestic clients. Tange was one of many architects who collaborated with furniture manufacturers during this time to develop pieces to complement their buildings’ interiors and create a total aesthetic. This chair for the Sumi Memorial Hall in Aichi Prefecture is made from moulded plywood. A single cut sheet is folded on three major seams with bent armrests extending from the backrest. Along with a version for the building’s auditorium (without the armrests) and an elegant cantilevering table, Tange’s chair both mimics and complements the formal and spatial qualities of the architecture at a smaller scale.