Inspired by her surroundings and the work of regional designers, Perriand used these materials as a creative springboard. Selections of her findings, local Mingei works as well as her own designs were exhibited together in 1941 at the Takashimaya department store in Tokyo. The present model was designed by Ubunji Kidokoro while he was working for the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo, three years before Perriand’s arrival. Kidokoro’s example reflects Alvar Aalto’s cantilevered armchair, model no. 31, designed in 1931, tracing the influence of western design in Japan prior to Perriand’s visit. Perriand was aware of Kidokoro’s chair and used his example as inspiration for her own designs.
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