Yoko Chair for Minotti Combines Scandinavian and Japanese Style

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Inoda+Sveje designed the Yoko lounge chair, dining chair, and ottoman for Minotti. Courtesy of Minotti


June 22, 2022

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Minotti’s pavilion stood monumental at the center of Salone del Mobile this year. Intending to create a real, physical environment to be experienced, the two-level structure created a vast space to appreciate Minotti’s 2022 indoor and outdoor releases. Furnished with the most representative pieces of the 2022 Collection, the space exemplified the crossover of today’s innovations with the 1970s, Japanese, and Scandinavian styles.

These pieces included the Goodman and Twiggy sofas by Rodolfo Dordoni, Horizonte designed by Marcio Kogan / studio mk27, and the Yoko chair, designed in both indoor and outdoor versions by Inoda+Sveje. Each furnishing employs simplicity, craftsmanship, and natural elements translated through Minotti’s know-how and creativity for the home and hospitality spaces. The Yoko armchair, dining chair, and ottoman bench just might be the perfect example.

The Yoko chairs come in solid ash open pore wood lacquered with a licorice color, or in solid Canaletto walnut stained light brown. Courtesy of Minotti

In its interior iteration, Yoko combines solid wood with Minotti’s 2022 textile collection to create comfortable, beautiful seating solutions for any application. Designed with simplicity at its heart, Yoko is an elegant, streamlined seating solution made using precise cabinet-making interlocking techniques that enrich the structure of legs and armrests and emphasize the beauty of the wood.


The three Yoko pieces are reworked for the outdoors with a natural teak frame and woven polyester cord. Courtesy of Minotti

Outside, the Yoko armchair, little dining armchair, and ottoman bench evolve into Yoko Cord Outdoor, reworked in a natural teak frame strung with polyester cord to support the seat cushions. The cords string together in a weave in line with handcrafted workmanship and the classic principles of stringing, and a special teak frog feature blends into the finish of the frame to better secure the cushions to the seat.

Like Inoda+Sveje themselves, the Yoko collection creates a harmonious blend of Japanese and Scandinavian cultures. Fantastic woodworking is a cornerstone of both Nordic and Japanese design, and is apparent in the way the chair’s wooden frame makes even structural joints decorative. With the additional aid of Minotti’s expertise in upholstery, Yoko perfectly blends technology, elegance, and comfort.