OKI SATO'S CHAIR DESIGN FOR ISSEY MIYAKE
Sato tells us about how he made the famous chair for no one other than Mr. Issey Miyake. A known legend in the fashion industry, mainly because of his pristine work as a fabric designer, as well as practical clothing designs.
Miyake wanted Sato to design a chair for him from the access paper from Miyake’s factory. He didn’t want to throw all the paper away because that would be a big waste. If you see the end result, I guarantee, you should and will agree with this statement. It would’ve been such a waste of potential. Luckily, Sato agreed to work on this project for Miyake.
Sato received this big roll of access paper from the factory, he was in total panic. I could see why you would be in panic when you have to design something for a design legend like Miyake. And so, Sato just started to cut and peel repeatedly. Until it became somewhat like a chair.
Now came the part where you find the genius in Miyake. After the peeling, Sato told Miyake that it was not completed, so not completely finished. In which Miyake replied; ‘No you have to stop here. When you feel that it’s completed, you’re done, you’re finished’.
Miyake was basically saying that when designing, you should go with the flow. Follow your gut. Don’t overdo something. The emphasis lies in the simplistic. ‘When it’s done, it’s done’. Referencing Sato’s work for Miyake.
By Kevin Vergeer