- Yuma Kano
As a collaborative project, Tokyo-based designer Yuma Kano worked with BASF JAPAN to design an experimental and minimal chair design for the Material Design Exhibition held by Material ConneXion Tokyo. Originally designed back in 2018, the goal was to develop a product using Elastollan®, a TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) created by BASF.
This material can be moulded into a wide variety of shapes, but for this project, Yuma Kano decided on maximising the potential of flat sheets. The chair was designed to utilise only Elastollan for the seat portion in order to fully show off its potential durability, strength, and ease of maintenance. With a thickness of just 0.8mm, it provides an airy, floating feeling while maintaining the stability needed in a place to sit. The catenary curve it forms is an expression of both beauty and functionality. The seat can easily be removed if the user wishes to change colours, and it can be rolled up and stacked when not in use, making this product break the mould of ordinary chairs.