Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

Kinoko, the Zilio A&C project designed by the London studio Mentsen

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Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character
23/10/2019 - Kinoko, the Zilio A&C armchair designed by the London studio Mentsen, is characterized by the contrasting visual expressions: a bold architectural structure, and the soft curves of the plump upholstery.
 
The chair is named for its armrests which resembles the shape of the Japanese katakana character ‘コ’ (pronounced ko). This gives the chair its name Ki-no-Ko, simply meaning ‘letter Ko in wood’, and also the word ‘mushroom’ in Japanese.

A solid, timber plane at the armrest level defines the body outline, with two wide solid ash slabs. This strong expression is delicately softened by small semi-circular cutouts where the two lines of armrests meet the line of back support. These details allow eyes to follow shapes without a feel of constraint. Just as typeface designers use the device of an ink trap to keep font designs crisp when use in small point sizes.
 
In contrast, the upholstered seat and back draw organic lines to complement the hard elements of the chair. Soft forms highlight the difference in materiality between the seat and its frame.


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Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

Armchair Inspired by Japanese Character

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