Alvar Aalto’s 1933 Stool 60 was flown to Japan to meet Stephanie Quayle’s Elephant figurine, currently caged in at Dover Street Market Ginza. Tokyo-based Klein Dytham designed the installation as part of an 80-year celebration of the Artek stool. By elongating its legs, the firm developed five new iterations – all accentuate the design’s grass-like characteristics.

Surrounded by a field of green and yellow stools, Elephant appears to be walking through an African savannah. On display until 21 November, the installation shows how a multiplicity of chairs can create new environments. It also proves that no matter how much its colour and dimensions are altered, Stool 60 keeps its iconic identity.

Photos Petri Artturi Asikainen