Nendo founder Oki Sato first created the chair in 2008 for an exhibition curated by fashion designer Issey Miyake, titled XXIst Century Man. To create the Cabbage Chair, the crinkled paper was rolled into a cylinder and cut from the central point on top to halfway down its length. Miyake named the chair for the resemblance that its layers have to the leaves of a cabbage. Resins added to the paper during its original production make the material stronger and help it to keep its shape once unfolded. The paper is used to cover the fabric on both sides while it is put through an industrial pleating machine and comes out folded in the same way as the textile. Dezeen Book of Interviews: Oki Sato features in our new book, which is on sale nowMiyake asked Sato and his Tokyo-based team to come up with a design for a seat using paper wasted during the process of forming pleats in garments, which are a signature of the fashion designer’s work. C in our A-Zdvent calendar is for the Cabbage Chair by Japanese design studio Nendo, made using layers of waste paper from the fabric-pleating industry. This results in an indented centre and raised portion behind, creating the seat and back of the chair.