By Any Other Name: Masanori Umeda's Rose Chair

Japanese designer Masanori Umeda has designed the Rose Chair, manufactured by the Italian company, Edra. Framed by the molded metal with small parts in shaped wood, the individual petals, handmade one by one, form the padding.

Outfitted in velvet, the piece is filled with polyurethane foam and Dacron. The chair's three legs are brushed aluminum with a kiln-dried transparent finish coating.

After Umeda received his diploma in design at the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo, he worked in design at Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in Milan, Italy, and as a design consultant for design group Olivetti. His work includes "Tawaraya," seat furniture in the form of a boxing ring for The Memphis-Milano Movement, "Ginza," a shelving system in the form of a robot, and ceramic pieces, including the "Orinoco" vase and the "Parana" bowl.

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