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Stylish Furniture Made From Repurposed Tokyo National Stadium Seating

While drama over the scrapped Zaha Hadid design for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium is developing into a political issue in Japan, with politicians criticizing each other over project management shortfalls and cost overruns, there's at least some good news for fans of the iconic Kasumigaoka National Stadium that made such an impression during the 1964 games. Japanese furniture company Karimoku salvaged roughly 700 seats when the building was being torn down last year, and earlier this month, announced they had commissioned a trio of designers to create a limited edition of chairs, stools and benches. Crafted with light-colored wood and the old arena's stylish blue seats, the stool by Drill Design ($260), Pony Chair by Hiroko Shiratori ($350) and Kokuritsu Bench by Gen Suzuki ($535) offer a unique connection to Mitsuo Katayama's design. With government officials calling for a do-over, it seems unlikely Hadid's work will be recycled in a similar fashion.

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