The name, material, stitching, embossing, softness, thickness and colour all tell the soul of the armchair and the sense of physical and emotional satisfaction which it communicates. Panna Chair comes to life as soon as someone sits in it: soft, comforting, its shape adapts to the user, and embraces them. The upholstery has been carefully studied, the fabric conceived as being like a dress to be worn, to cling to the body. Originally devised for its practicality, the designer gives it a poetic twist, turning it into soft clothing to be worn, a point of contact.
Tokujin Yoshioka was born in Japan in 1967 and, after having studied at length with Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, in 2000 set up his studio in Tokyo. His partnership with Issey Miyake has been in existence for over twenty years. Tokujin Yoshioka has taken part in a number of projects by the fashion designer, designing Issey Miyake and A-POC stores and producing the installation entitled Issey Miyake Making Things for the Cartier foundation in Paris.
Tokujin Yoshioka has received a number of awards and his works are displayed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (Basel) and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.