The Tokyo Chairs - Recycled and Repurposed
Sit in one of the greenest chairs around at the Citizen Sustainability Summit on the High Line.
New York September 19-21
The sustainable chairs, made from recycled wood, ocean waste and industrial plastic waste, were originally developed for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. The 2,500 chairs, designed by the Danish architects, Lendager Group, were to be used as part of a specially designed visitors’ pavilion. The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Realdania, The Danish Industry Foundation, and VisitDenmark were behind the project.
The project was, unfortunately, cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic, however, the chairs have subsequently been used several times since. Most recently, they were used at the Milan Design Week in September 2021 and at several major festivals in Denmark over the summer of 2022, including the Roskilde Festival and the Democracy Festival on Bornholm.
The chair is designed as a flexible “building block” that can be stacked, placed side by side or simply used as a regular chair (or lounge chair when reversed). This allows the chair to serve as either a conference chair, a casual chair or to be stacked as a division wall, shelving system or the like.
After New York Climate Week, the chairs will be reused in new contexts or as material in a new design.
See how to visit them at the Citizen Sustainability Summit on the High Line from the 19th to the 21st of September here.