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Baby Honey-Pop Child's Chair, 2001

This is a Child's chair. It was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka. It is dated 2001 and we acquired it in 2008. Its medium is fanned open paper layers. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Baby Honey-Pop, along with its grown-up version, Honey-Pop, would be the first objects in the collection by the innovative and award winning designer, Tokujin Yoshioka. Yoshioka first gained recognition for his interiors and installation design, but has since expanded his work to include furniture and lighting design. Yoshioka attended the Kuwasawa Design School, graduating in 1986, and has collaborated with two major 20th-century Japanese designers: Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake. In 1988, at the age of 21, Yoshioka was put in charge of Miyake’s shop designs. In 1992, Yoshioka became a freelance designer and established his own studio in 2000. In 2007, he received the Design Miami / Designer of the Year Award, for his technically innovative work, “developing imaginative methods of production completely unique in the field.”
Yoshioka has said that he is “often inspired simply by the desire to use new materials or processes” and does not start with form. Baby Honey-Pop is such an exploration of material. It is made of the tissue-thin glassine honeycomb paper used for Chinese paper lamps. Layers of paper are laid flat, stacked, and a single curved cut is made to shape the back and seat. The form fans out, accordion-style, into a surprisingly strong and durable structure. The final contours of the seat and back are created when the user first sits in the chair, making an imprint of his or her body in the honeycombed surface. Baby Honey-Pop combines standardized manufacturing technique and end-user customization—a growing trend in design.
This piece would be a welcome addition to the museum’s modern and contemporary design collection, and would help expand our holdings of three-dimensional Japanese design. Baby Honey-Pop and Honey-Pop would also further explore the use of paper as a structural material, most notably documented in our Frank Gehry corrugated cardboard chairs. Given Yoshioka’s experimental and innovative approaches to materials and production techniques, we hope Baby Honey-Pop, together with Honey-Pop, will be the first of his designs to enter the collection.
Baby Honey-Pop, as the children’s version of the Honey-Pop chair, would greatly enhance the museum’s growing collection of children’s furniture, which includes an 18th-century child’s chair, a 19th-century Thonet high chair, and 20th-century examples by Harry Bertoia, Ray and Charles Eames, and Kristian Vedel. This varied group highlights the special requirements and considerations inherent in design for children. Baby Honey-Pop would extend this continuum into the 21st century.

This object was donated by Tokujin Yoshioka. It is credited Gift of Tokujin Yoshioka.

  • Honey-Pop Chair, 2001
  • layered paper, partially glued, cut, and fanned-open accordion style; seat....
  • Mueum purchase from Friends of Product Design and Decorative Arts Fund....
  • 2008-6-1
  • Slice Armchair, 1999
  • laser-cut, assembled and laminated plywood.
  • Gift of George R. Kravis II.
  • 2018-22-63

Its dimensions are

Overall: 47 x 43.2 x 49.5 cm (18 1/2 x 17 x 19 1/2 in.)

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Baby Honey-Pop Child's Chair, 2001; Designed by Tokujin Yoshioka (Japanese, b. 1967); Japan; fanned open paper layers; Overall: 47 x 43.2 x 49.5 cm (18 1/2 x 17 x 19 1/2 in.); Gift of Tokujin Yoshioka; 2008-8-1

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