Honey-pop Chair, Concertina-folded paper

Published on February 8, 2014

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This experimental chair derives all its structural strength from the concertina folds of the paper from which it is made. Here, the layers of paper have been partially opened to make a fan-shaped volume, with the vertical spine of the fan at the back of the chair. The designer sat on the form once it was partially opened, crushing the paper folds and creating the form of the seat and back: the impression of his body is still visible. The cell-like paper structure enables light and air to penetrate into the volume, and perhaps inspired the name Honey-Pop, because it looks like a honeycomb. Unlike most other seats, the user of the Honey-Pop chair is sitting on almost nothing.

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Chair made of concertina-folded translucent white paper, partially opened to form a fan shape with the vertical spine of the fan at the back of the chair, and the impression of the designer’s body partially crushing the paper to form the seat.

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For designers, chairs are a ritual of initiation. For chair design more than that of any other object, human beings are the unit of measure, and designers walk a fine line between standardization and personalization. Among all the chairs that we can found, Yoshioka’s Honey-Pop Armchair is one of the most unusual, since it manages to fulfill both criteria. Entirely made of the type of paper honeycomb that is used in Chinese lanterns, this chair starts out flat, just like a lantern. Once peeled open, accordion-style, it accepts the impression of the body of whoever first sits on it.

Tokujin Yoshioka

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