In 2004 SANAA principals Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were commissioned to build a small home in Tokyo. To complement the unusual succession of spaces, they designed a slender, inconspicuous birch chair that could function in nearly any situation.
Its unusual ergonomics made it instantly recognizable, with two iconic “bunny ears” that ostensibly relieved pressure on the spine. And this year, the company is trying a different angle on the chair, a wider one, specifically, with a seat two inches broader than the standard size. Some speculate that the wide version is targeted towards the, uh, more obtuse American market.
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