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Taichiro Nakai

Pair of Taichiro Nakai Armchair in Cherry Wood

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Pair of unique armchairs designed by Japanese designer Taichiro Nakai and presented at the Selettiva del Mobili competition in Cantù. In his designs, Nakai often adopts a combination of Italian and Japanese characteristics. His lines are simple and clean yet energetic and organic, all characteristic for Japanese creations. The gorgeous lounge chairs have an open and elegant design with tapered legs and organic feeling armrests. The frame is executed in a warm and softly grained cherry wood. Overall, the clean lines in his chairs are reminiscent of the designs by Gio Ponti.

Taichiro Nakai is an incredibly talented Japanese designer who is mostly known for his participation at the Selettiva del Mobili competition in Cantù. During the twentieth century, Cantù was considered the Italian city of furniture. However, after the war, Cantu was unable to catch up with the rapid changes while foreign countries grew in popularity and formed a competition. In order to renewal their designs and gain reputation, Cantu decided to launch an international prize competition for furniture designers that would in order to revive the economy of the local design. The “Selettiva del Mobile” was born and would be organized every two years up until 1975. The selection for received projects was done by the Concorso Internazionale del Mobili, a highly qualified jury.

Taichiro Nakai participated during the edition from 17th September to 5th of October 1955, where he presented these lounge chairs. Overall, the 1955 edition was incredibly interesting thanks to the exceptional jury consisting of Gio Ponti, Alvar Aalto, Carlo De Carli and Finn Juhl. It was furthermore possible to win prices. As did Taichiro Nakai. With his presentation of a living room design, Nakai won a special prize together with Finish designer Ilmari Tapiovaraa and the Milanese architect Eugenia Alberti Reggio. It is easily understandable why Nakai had attracted the attention of the jury. With his salon, he had analyzed the market clearly and he was able to create designs with Japanese principles as well Italian constraints.

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Taichiro Nakai


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    cherry wood, Fabric

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    63.0 x 81.0 x 70.0 cm (24.8 x 31.9 x 27.6 in)

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    Mid-Century Modern

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