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Tadao Ando

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From his studio in Osaka, Japan, Pritzker Prize–winning architect Tadao Ando produces minimalist, poetic riffs on the built environment, including quiet, meditative spaces for churches, museums, housing, and retail shops. Formerly a boxer, Ando now designs walls from smooth-as-silk concrete, but he also has a love of wood: Ando’s newest work in the U.S., the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is clad in cedar, and part of his plan as a board member of Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympics is simply to plant more trees.

Tadao Endo Dream Chair for Carl Hansen & Sons

Tadao Ando Dream Chair TA001

Tadao Ando designed Dream Chair as a tribute to Hans J. Wegner. The chair is made of three-dimensional plywood and with this material, Tadao Ando and the cabinetmakers at Carl Hansen & Søn pushed the size and curvature of the plywood sheet in order to achieve the necessary characteristics of a chair. It is available in oak and walnut with or without upholstered front in leather or fabric and an adjustable neck cushion.