Mimicry Chairs, is an installation of white metal chairs that are stacked in a tower and clustered on staircases around the V&A museum as part of an installation by Japanese design studio Nendo. The installation is for London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, home to more than four million items of historical and contemporary art and design. The installation is an intentionally simple design that stands out from the museum’s ornate interior.
“We pressed punched metal to create a transparent chair with a seemingly soft back rest, and placed it in the main entrance and ten other locations within the museum including galleries, staircases and corridors. For each location, we modified the chair to mimic the particular space and objects with which it was placed, so that it accords with its environment. We hoped that visitors might discover a new side to the museum’s appeal by sitting on different chairs to observe, absorb and appreciate its collection.”