Flower is a bench with a slender centre and petal-shaped seat design reminiscent of a clover or a stylised blossom. It comfortably accommodates at least three people who can either engage in communication or face away from one another and relax in solitude.
Initially conceived in 2001, Flower was first employed during the 7th Istanbul Biennial. Since then, the bench has been repeatedly produced in small numbers for individual projects, making it clear to SANAA and Vitra that Flower was ready to be developed for larger scale production.
Kazuyo Sejima, who was born in the Japanese prefecture of Ibaraki in 1956, studied architecture at Japan Women's University. After initially working for Toyo Ito & Associates, she opened the architectural office Kazuyo Sejima & Associates in 1987 and subsequently founded SANAA together with Ryue Nishizawa in 1995. She has served as a lecturer at Keio University since 2001. Ryue Nishizawa was born in 1966 in the prefecture of Kanagawa, Japan. He completed an architectural degree at Yokohama National University before joining the office of Kazuyo Sejima & Associates, which led to the founding of SANAA together with Kazuyo Sejima in 1995. Since 1997 he has also run his own firm, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa, and has taught at Yokohama National University since 2001. SANAA was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2010.