Ombra Tokyo Chair
The Ombra Tokyo chair was designed for the Synthèse des Arts exhibition in Tokyo (1954) that featured the work of Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, and Férnand Léger. Perriand’s inspiration was the gentle folds that characterize Japanese origami – here rendered in single die-pressed plywood rather than paper.
A supreme example of Perriand’s mastery of volumes, the Ombra Tokyo chair is shaped by the inherent salient thinness of the pressed plywood that Perriand has gracefully manipulated in the most profoundly fluid ways. The legs of Ombra Tokyo appear as though they have been cut and folded from the continuous seat and back – these splayed verticals exquisitely form gently upturned “feet” as they approach the floor. The back of Ombra Tokyo chair has been bifurcated by a single vertical cut that flows into a beautifully articulated, curved rectilinear void – allowing space to move through the chair’s form, further reinforcing the levity of the design.
One of the tastemakers of International Style, Charlotte Perriand is a French architect and furniture designer whose decade-long collaboration with Le Corbusier resulted in a wide array of classic furniture pieces that are the epitome of Modern Design. Born in France in 1903, Perriand first made a name for herself at the age of 24, when she designed a bar for the 1927 Salone d’Automne with nickel-plated copper and anodized aluminum. It established her as a designer to watch. This soon translated into 10 years of working with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Many of the signature pieces that came out of the Le Corbusier studio were designed by Le Corbusier, Perriand and Jeanneret, including the LC1 Chair and the LC4 Chaise Lounge. Over time, her work turned away from the materials of steel tubing, and she began incorporating wood, specifically bamboo, into her designs. Her Tokyo Chaise Lounge is a well-known example of this aesthetic. Her architectural designs include the conference rooms for the United Nations in Geneva and the London offices for Air France.
Available in natural or black-stained oak finish, the Ombra Tokyo chair’s unique shape also allows it to be stacked. Please contact CONTEXT at 800.886.0867 to review finishes and associated lead times.
Die-pressed plywood construction in natural or black-stained oak
17.7” width, 20.1” depth, 26.5” height; seat height is 17.7”
Chairs can be stacked
Part of Cassina’s I Maestri Collection
Marked with the designer’s stamp and a unique production/serial number