Ray Komai was an Japanese American; he was a graphic, industrial and interior designer. He studied in Los Angeles at the Art Center College.
He settled in New York in 1944, where he worked in advertising and set up a graphic design and advertising office (with Carter Winter). J.G. Furniture created Komai’s 1949 moulded plywood chair with a split seat and bent metal legs. They produced his other designs of chairs, tables and upholstered seating as well.
From 1945, for Laverne International New York, he designed wallpaper and textiles in figurative and abstract motifs (inspired by paintings by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Cubist painters).
He was associate art director for the Advertising Forum from 1952 to 1960.
He was a designer at the U.S. Information Agency from 1963 to 1976 and created cultural exhibits in Germany, Austria, India and Japan.
A selection of his work
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Ray Komai Chairs, model no. 939 (set of 4), ca. 1950-1959 74.9 cm. (29.5 in.) close Artist: Title: , ca. 1950-1959 Medium: walnut-veneered plywood, nickel-plated tubular steel Size: 74.9 cm. (29.5 in.)