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Honey-Pop chair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Japan (designed)

  • Date:

    2001 (designed)
    2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Yoshioka, Tokujin, born 1967 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Concertina-folded paper, partially unfolded and crushed by body of designer

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This experimental chair derives all its structural strength from the conertina folds of the paper from which it is made. The structure is similar to a Chinese lantern. Here, the layers of paper have been partially opened to make a fan-shaped volume, with the vertical spine of the fan at the back of the chair. The designer sat on the form once it was partially opened, crushing the paper folds and creating the form of the seat and back: the impression of his body is still visible. The cell-like paper structure enables light and air to penetrate into the volume, and perhaps inspired the name Honey-Pop, because it looks like a honeycomb. Unlike most other seats, the user of the Honey-Pop chair is sitting on almost nothing.

Physical description

Chair made of concertina-folded translucent white paper like a Chinese lantern, partially opened to form a fan shape with the vertical spine of the fan at the back of the chair, and the impression of the designer's body partially crushing the paper to form the seat. Inscribed '19 MAY 2005 Tokujin Y 125/300A' in black ink, vertically on the rear proper left corner.

Place of Origin

Japan (designed)


2001 (designed)
2005 (made)


Yoshioka, Tokujin, born 1967 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Concertina-folded paper, partially unfolded and crushed by body of designer

Marks and inscriptions

'19 MAY 2005 Tokujin Y 125/300A'


Height: 83 cm, Width: 77 cm, Depth: 80 cm

Descriptive line

Honey-Pop chair, made of folded paper, by Tokujin Yoshioka, designed Japan 2001, made 2005

Labels and date


Designed and made by Tokujin Yoshioka (Japanese, born 1967)
Concertina-folded paper
Japanese, 2001

This chair is only made of folded paper yet, remarkably, it is strong enough to sit on. The concertina structure is like a paper lantern that has been partially opened up. The chair was completed when the designer sat on the paper form, partially crushing it to form the seat. The name of the chair recalls its similarity to a honey-comb.

Given by Tokujin Yoshioka [12/07/2006]




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