"Kazenoko" Stool

Designed by Sinya Okayama, Japanese, born 1941. Made by Interior Object, Tokyo, Japan.

Made in Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Designed 1984

Painted steel, plastic upholstery

18 7/16 x 21 5/8 x 13 1/4 inches (46.8 x 54.9 x 33.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1985

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Additional information:
  • PublicationJapanese Design: A Survey Since 1950

    Giving a specifically Japanese identity to postmodernism, Sinya Okayama's Kazenoko (Child of the Wind) stool was the first in his series of original furniture designs that took their three-dimensional form from kanji, the Japanese written system of pictographs. Like other postmodern designers, Okayama was interested in creating a dialogue between the object and the user through the introduction of familiar symbols, here directed specifically to the Japanese audience, which can "read" the outline of the object as a graphic code and understand its literal meaning, "wind" (kaze). Kathyrn B. Hiesinger and Felice Fischer, Japanese Design: A Survey since 1950. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994, cat. 182, p. 160.