Taichiro Nakay Cabinet in Maple and Mahogany
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Taichiro Nakay, cabinet, metal, glass, brass, maple, mahogany, Italy, 1953.
This cabinet by Nakay consists of five compartments, supported by a metal frame that has a zig-zag structure. The warm tone of the mahogany and maple builds a striking contrast with the black metal frame which runs all the way up the cabinet. Each compartment features a different composition with a variety of shelves, drawers and doors. A vertical structure is used as decorative finish for these doors, creating an interesting aesthetic in combination with the large brass handles. Overall, a very delicate design with the typical traits of Taichiro Nakay.
Taichiro Nakay is an incredibly talented Japanese designer who is mostly known for his participation at the Selettiva del Mobili competition in Cantù. During the twentieth century, Cantù was considered the Italian city of furniture. However, after the war, Cantù was unable to catch up with the rapid changes and advances and there were more foreign countries such as Scandinavia who, with their styles, grew in popularity and formed a massive competition for Cantù. Therefore, Cantù needed to renew their designs that were often outdated, in order to stay up to date with trends and regain popularity. In the spring of 1954, the board of Cantù decided to launch an international prize competition for furniture designers that would in order to revive the economy of the local design and draw attention to Cantù. The “Selettiva del Mobile” was born and would be organized every two years up until 1975. Set up as a real international competition, it brought together designers from all over the world such as Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi, Paolo Buffa, Ettore Sotssas, Studio B.B.P.R., and many others. The selection for received projects was done by the Concorso Internazionale del Mobili, a highly qualified jury.
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