This piece of design is about what is seen and unseen, and what only seems visible. It’s about perception. Following the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi, the acceptance of imperfection, the Ume explores ideas of geometry and asymmetry. The irregular running
outline of the sphere, transforming its geometry, reveals technological and constructive virtuosity. Examination of the angularity results in a surprisingly soft shape and an ergonomic, comfortable seat. Two waves of the fabric folded on the backrest display
a very honest approach to textile upholstery, one which covers a complex and sophisticated form.
Textile by Akira Minagawa for Kvadrat
photo: Ernest Wińczyk
the angularity results in a soft shape