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Isamu Kenmochi Kabuto Office Chair, circa 1960

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Kabuto office chair designed by Isamu Kenmochi. Manufactured by Tendo Mokko (Japan) in 1961. In good original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Isamu Kenmochi wanted to be a painter. After graduating from the Tokyo Advanced Crafts School, he was put in charge of Craft and design at the Crafts Institute in Sendai (later: Industrial Arts Institute). It was operated under the jurisdiction of the Chamber of Commerce and Trade which placed a special emphasis on export policy. At this institute, he met a new German architect Bruno Taut, who had been invited to teach craftsmanship. It was then that he first heard of the Norm concept (meaning constructional planning). Kenmochi was one of the people who contributed his experiences and teachings to quickly develop the Japanese furniture industry after WWII, when the operations arm started to build furniture and homes for their families. After Kenmochi became an independent in 1995, the high level of activity in his work established the job category of interior designer for the first time. He was also unique in that he introduced unknown artists to new projects, such as Kayama Matazo with the first jumbo jet in Japan. He was charming and charismatic with a deep and rich sensitivity. On the evening of the opening party for the Keio Plaza Hotel, which was his final work, he decided to end his own life.
  • Creator:
    Isamu Kenmochi (Designer),Tendo Mokko (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 31.11 in (79 cm)Width: 21.66 in (55 cm)Depth: 21.66 in (55 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 2
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1960
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Barcelona, ES
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: IK.KABUTOOFFICECHAIR.1A.AR.RL.00121stDibs: LU1427231593742
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