Mandarin chairs feature a single steel tube curving beautifully around the seatback and seat cushion to form armrests. Their vibrant colors and fabrics are said to express the personalities of their owners.
Mandarin chairs are the work of Italian designer Ettore Sottsass, who founded the multinational Memphis Group design collaborative in the 1980s. Many fans still admire the unique coloring and geometric patterns.
Textile designer Yuki Fujisawa recently took on the challenge of renewing the material on three Mandarin chairs. Making full use of the rich color variations of Ultrasuede®, she replaced signature Memphis geometric dots and borders with a YUKI FUJISAWA brand lace and foil motif.