Ray Komai (1918 – 2010 ) American Graphic, Industrial and Interior Designer

Ray Komai (1918 – 2010 ) was an Japanese American; he was a graphic, industrial and interior designer. He studied in Los Angeles at the Art Center College.

Biography

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

Graphic design

Ray Komai design for America poster
Ray Komai design for America poster
Ray Komai fabric design
Ray Komai fabric design
Ray Komai fabric design sample
Ray Komai fabric design sample

Furniture

Chairs model no 939 set of 4 by Ray Komai
Chairs model no 939 set of 4 by Ray Komai
Ray Komai's one-piece plywood chairRay Komai’s one-piece plywood chair Sun, Apr 23, 1950 – Page 183 · The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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