20th Century Masterpieces : : Round Rattan Chair

[ #19 | Round Rattan Chair ]

1960. Model No.T-3010.
Designed by Isamu Kenmochi.

Rattan woven structure. Wool covered cushion.
Height 75 cm. Width 99 cm. Depth 94 cm.

Round Rattan Chair by Isamu Kenmochi 野口勇, 1960| from drezier’s blog [20th Century Masterpieces : : Round Rattan Chair] dated 2017

“Round Rattan Chair” ^ Copyright © Alan TF So

一齊由著名美籍日裔藝術家 野口 勇(Isamu Noguchi, 1904-1988)說起。戰後 1950 年,野口勇再次回到日本,巧遇同名字的日本工業設計師 劍持 勇(Isamu Kenmochi, 1912-1971)。他們不同背景,但藝術修養類同。劍持勇對藤傳統製品極濃,野口氏亦然。他們共同設計及製作了原型樣本—竹籃椅(The Bamboo Basket Chair),野口氏選用他喜好的雕塑鋼結構作椅腳。這張椅子從未量產,而原版樣本又遺失了,最終只於美國野口博物館,依照一張照片製作了一張「克隆」展出。

the bamboo basket chair by isamu noguchi and isamu kenmochi, 1950 | from drezier’s blog [20th Century Masterpieces : : Round Rattan Chair] dated 2017/4/29

“The Bamboo Basket Chair” ^ Copyright © designboom.com

“Beauty doesn’t come when it’s pursued. Flowers, stones, the blue sky, the mountain – all natural things are created with a purpose, right? So first we must pursue the truth – its usefulness, and whether or not it is beautiful comes as concomitant. It’s most regretful that what we call ‘industrial art’ in Japanese pursues beauty first and considers usefulness secondary. To pursue beauty as priority, then hope that it’s also useful – that’s a mistake. In such product there is no beauty.” – Isamu Kenmochi

後來,野口勇離開日本,劍持勇在日本繼續其設計事業,但椅子設計是一件西方的事物,日本人跟舊中國習慣一樣席地而坐,不屑使用。劍持勇,屬於最早在日本設計西方的現代椅子。當時,「有機體設計」是最摩登的,劍持氏將之予以結合人體工學,設計了一張一體用紫藤編織的優閒椅,整整包裹坐在上面的人體,而外形酷似一個圓圓的「鳥巢」。

Round Rattan Chair by Isamu Kenmochi, 1960 | from drezier’s blog [20th Century Masterpieces : : Round Rattan Chair] dated 2017/4/29

“Isamu Kenmochi on his Round Rattan Chair” ^ Copyright © jeffyam.com

現在,「圓藤椅」由日本 YMK Co. 製作販售,售賣的有數張款式少許差別,造型少許不同圓狀,有肥肥的 C-3160,有瘦瘦而直身的 C-3170,有較窄細的 C-3150。

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