Daiki by Minotti wins ‘best chair’ in Robb Report Singapore’s Best of the Best 2021 awards

Daiki by Minotti

In this year’s Best of the Best, we continue to honour the brands and people who have continued to create covetable products, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Here we have Minotti’s Daiki win ‘best chair’ in the design category

At this point, it’s fair to say mid-century-modern design has experienced a renaissance far beyond its supposed ’60s-era expiration date. The movement’s unfussy, function-first mantra came back into style in the late ’90s and early 2000s, when brands like Knoll and Herman Miller exploded in popularity; designers and homeowners still clamour for Marcel Breuer and Hans Wegner originals in 2021. There’s not much room, then, to create something mid-century-adjacent that’s both fresh and interesting. And yet Daiki, designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, manages to bring something new to the table – or, rather, the chair.

The twist to the mid-century formula comes courtesy of Kogan’s many trips to Japan. Daiki is a tribute to the country’s design tradition, marrying subtle elegance with the bold, overt lines of American modernism. Because of its similar-but-different take on a beloved aesthetic, it can be paired with virtually any other piece: doubly so because the cushions come in fabric or leather and the wooden shell in beech plywood with a flamed ash veneer or palisander santos with a matte lacquer finish. Add armrests, if you like, or go for Daiki’s outdoor version (shown here). But like any good mid-century seat, function comes first, and Kogan’s design has a deep, low-slung base that’s a real pleasure to sit back and relax in.