milan: 50 manga chairs

© nendo / photography: takumi ota

this year's edition of milan's salone del mobile is in full swing, and nendo's elaborate presentation for new york city-based art and design gallery friedman benda, on the historic premises of the facoltà teologica dell’italia settentrionale, has already proven to be one of the most spectacular. playfully entitled 50 manga chairs, the outdoor showcase presents fifty differently designed chairs, and aims to make a comparison between furniture design and japanese manga comics. the latter's appearance is traditionally composed of so-called flat lines captured in a frame – mind you, the origins of manga are quite old and can be traced back to the early 17th century – and this installation is the result of adapting the strong symbolic nature of manga comics to furniture design in an abstract manner. this is not only evident in the sleek linear design of each chair, but also in the imposing grid set-up. entirely focusing on manga's technical core, the designs are entirely void of colour and texture [on through apr 17]. location: piazza paolo VI 6 [brera].

© nendo / photography: takumi ota