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One to Sixteen model chair

Designed by Tomoko Azumi
Manufactured by TNA Design Studio
Product code: TNA-1TO16-*


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One to Sixteen model chair by Tomoko Azumi for TNA Design Studio.

A series of 1:16 scale model chairs and interiors to make and collect. Cut out and construct your very own historical chair and place it within its unique interior.

Choose from 11 designs - Sussex, Shaker, Butterfly, Hill House 01 Chair, Plywood chair, Mezzadro stool, Zig Zag chair, Paimio chair, Thonet Chair, Well Tempered Chair and Share Chair.

Sussex Chair:
Believed to be designed by Philip Webb for William Morris' house in 1860, the Sussex chair was based on an English country chair from the Regency period, found in Sussex - hence the name. The accompanying printed interior, inspired by Kelmscott Manor, features painted wooden wall panels, willow wallpaper and narrow wooden floorboards, typical of the period.

Shaker Chair:
The Shaker chair, crafted by the religious sect of the same name, was founded in England, but more prevalent in 19th Century America. Known for their simple, modest style of the living, the chair was stripped of all unnecessary ornament, epitomising functionality. As part of their neat and beautifully crafted interior fittings, the chairs were hung on the wall peg when the floor was cleaned. The accompanying printed interior draws on the interior of a typical Shaker room, with large window and wall hung candle sconce.

Butterfly Chair:
The Butterfly chair was designed by Lucian Ercolani for Ercol in 1957. In the mid-1950’s Ercolani started working on the Butterfly chair, then designated the ‘401 Preformed Chair’. Clearly influenced by the designs of Eames and others, the chair utilised a moulded elm veneered plywood seat and back, the first time Ercol had used such a technique. He combined this with the more traditional turned spindle Windsor style base and steam bent back supports. The combination of traditional and modern created a chair uniquely set apart from other modernist designs. Launched to the public in 1958, the chair achieved some popularity but was dropped from the range by the 1980’s. In 2002, Margaret Howell was instrumental in reviving the chair and it is still in production today.

Hill House 01 Chair:
The Hill House was designed for wealthy Glasgow publisher Walter W. Blackie. The radically modern house departed from the fashionable organic forms of Art Nouveau and was realised in a more hard-edged modernist style. Mackintosh designed every last detail of the house – fitted furniture, carpets, wall stencils, fireplaces, lighting, and of course the furniture. Unusually for the period, the walls and ceiling were largely painted white, decorated with painted stencils. The Hill House 01 chair was designed in 1904 for the principal bedroom of the house. It was clearly intended to make a dramatic silhouette against the white walls where it was placed. Of very light construction, and with a vertical back and small seat, the chair was not made for sitting on, rather it was used as a sculptural and decorative device. As with other pieces of furniture in the house, the design was a significant shift from the previous more feminine forms that Mackintosh had previously made, towards a more geometric linear approach, undoubtedly influenced by Japanese art and architecture.

Plywood chair:
The Plywood chair was designed by Jasper Morrison in 1988 for the Berlin exhibition "Some New Items for the Home". Later produced by Vitra, the chair's minimalist structure is achieved through the strength of the material used in its construction. Made from plywood, glue, and screws, the basic yet strong structure makes this chair an embodiment of Morrison's 'super normal' design.

The Mezzadro stool was designed by the Castiglioni brothers in 1954 for the X. Milan Triennial, a showcase of 150 design objects from around the world. At a time of post-war economic recovery, Italians sought to infuse their everyday culture with a more aesthetic focus. Form no longer followed function. Responding to this, the Castiglioni brothers took items which they felt offered no room for further improvement and combined them in new contexts. The Mezzadro stool is one such thing, a hybrid compiled from a bucket tractor seat, fixed with a bicycle wingnut to a flexible base and grounded with a single bar that resembles the rung of a ladder.

Zig-Zag chair:
The Zig-Zag chair is a minimalistic design by Gerrit Rietveld. Originally designed for his own home in Utrecht, Germany, the chair underwent several test stages until a stable and strong version was found. Based on the natural seating position of a human, the lines of the chair mimic the angles of the tendons, a natural yet dramatically modern form. Manufactured by Cassina since 1971, the chair first went into production in 1935, and has been widely successful since.

Paimio chair:
Alvar Aalto's furniture embodies the Scandinavian essence of high-quality furniture production with an effortless style. Renowned for his use of plywood, Aalto used this material to great effect in the Paimio chair, with two closed loops of ply forming the frame, and a scroll-like roll of ply forming the seat. Native birch was chosen for its natural feel and insulating properties. Now in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the chair solidified Aalto's reputation as a stalwart of Scandinavian design.

Thonet chair
The Thonet chair owed its popularity to Michael Thonet, whose design imagined an easily assembled, elegant chair that could be readily shipped around the world with ease. Discovering a technique for bending solid wood, Thonet perfected the no.14 chair in the 1850s, and it became an immediate success in cafes and coffee houses around the world. Much of its success came from its ingenious distribution model: 36 disassembled chairs could be packed into a one cubic metre box, shipped internationally, and easily assembled on site.

Well tempered chair:
Ron Arad is renowned for bold, modern designs that challenge preconceptions of furniture, and how a space should be filled. The Well Tempered chair is perhaps his greatest example of challenging our perception of what furniture should be, how it should be made, and how it should look. Bending four sheets of tempered steel and bolting them together, Arad used the material's natural flexibility to the sitter's advantage. For a time, it was produced in the Vitra Edition series.

Share chair:
The Share chair designed by Ineke Hans in 2001 is a rocking chair for one or two children to play with, suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The playful design is made of recycled plastic.

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