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Nendo works 2014-2015


These video was taken during Salone del Mobile 2015 at Museo della Permanente, where Nendo had a Solo exhibition to show the works realised between 2014-2015.
Our favourites are:

Clear shadow for Glas Italia

A dining table with 2 layers of top panel made of glass. The bottom layer is white to enable the casting of shadows, and the top layer of transparent glass is printed with an original transparent pattern. The glass sheet that appears white consists of two coatings, a matte white coating that is easier to form shadows and does not bounce off light, layered on top of a black coating that does not transmit light. Although the print on the top transparent glass is almost invisible, the shadows emerge on the white surface through the interplay of light due to the difference in the refractive index between the glass and print sections. A design that enables the visualization of a sense of substance within transparency through the combination of two different “transparencies”.

This city scape like scene was one of the main parts of the exhibition.


Window for Glas Italia

A table that uses the technology to cut holes in the glass. The table is structured so that glass sheets, with square holes in grid lines, are placed inside the glass box in 4 separate layers. Normally glass is considered as “being there” and that holes “do not exist”, however with this table the holes have a sense of existence and look as though they are floating in the air inside the table. In effect, an expression of “addition” has been achieved through “subtraction”. The positioning of the holes is shifted one sheet at a time, and the bottom of the interior is a mirror, which creates a pattern where the overlapping of the holes is regular in accordance with the viewing angle. In addition, there is a sense of fun to be able to choose what to place on the table, tailored to how the holes are overlapping.


Soft for Glas Italia

3 types of low tables that are of the shape of a box using 5 sheets of frost glass. For the joint between two sheets of glass, the cross-sections with an angle of 45° were printed with bright colours. These cross-sections were then bonded together. These colours had a gradation effect, such as from purple to red, orange to yellow, and blue to purple. What is more, the reverse side of the frost glass was printed with a pattern to make it look as though the same colours were blurred on the glass surface. With this, we tried to create a natural and soft image, as if the colours on the edges were blurring. By combining the extremely difficult technique of printing gradation colours on the diagonal edges with the printing that expresses a delicate “blurriness”, an appearance that contradicts the conventional image of glass, which is of a hard and sharp material, was achieved.


Layers for Glas Italia

3 types of cabinet made entirely by glass, with multiple hanging flaps in the front, middle and back.
Since the tones of each hanging flap made of coloured glass are subtly different, and they can slide to the left or right, various hues emerge depending on how the flaps overlap. This coloured glass technique which involves inserting coloured films between two sheets of glass, and applying heat to them is the expertise of Glas Italia. A wide range of hues can be expressed by layering several colour films. However since the hue changes in accordance with which sequence the films are
layered in, and the colour tone varies with heating, it has involved a considerable amount of trial and error.layers-nendo_glass_italia layers-nendo

Fragment for Glas Italia

A screen made up of two layers of transparent glass. With the first glass, a pattern consisting of small rectangular mirrors were vapor deposited, and with the other glass, a pattern rotated 90°was vapor deposited. As a result, there is a situation in which 3 different effects exist: a section that allows a line of sight, a section that reflects, and a section where the reflection is repeated twice. When one stands in front of the partition, one’s own image and the objects beyond the screen reflects randomly, changing the appearance depending on the angle at which they are viewed. Normally when a mirror is vapor deposited onto glass, only the surface becomes a mirror and the reverse side turns grey. However by using a special vapor deposition method that allows both sides to become a mirror, a screen that can be used from both sides has materialized.


tokyo tribal collection for industy+

A furniture collection designed exclusively for “industry+”; a Singaporean design company dedicated to fusing manufacturing with craftsmanship through its proactive collaboration with local industry all over Asia. This collection features 22 items including stools, chairs, tables, and shelves that have been produced to coincide with the MAISON&OBJET ASIA 2015 trade fair.
To fit the modern urban living environment, the designs have been made simple and the sizes relatively compact. The collection uses solid oak for the main frames and volcanic sand plaster for the top board finishes, in combination with bamboo rattan hand-woven by local artisans in the Philippines. The bamboo’s elastic properties make it ideal for such things as back-support. It is also used as a design feature, for instance: the table legs going right through a layer of bamboo, or the entire table itself actually encased in bamboo rattan. Through such details, these pieces seem to meld the concepts of ‘furniture’ and ‘miscellaneous interior goods’ into one, in contrast to more conventional concepts of interior design that clearly place greater importance on the former. In allowing for these various products and materials to converge and function together, the conceptual aim is to create a sense of a small and tightly-knit ‘tribe’, greater and better than the sum of its parts.


Chocolatexture for Maison et Objet 2015

Cocoa’s country of origin, kind, percentage content, technique of the chocolatier’s, the flavours inside…
There are many factors that determine a chocolate’s taste. In coming up with a new chocolate concept, we turned out attention not to such factors, but to the chocolate’s “shape.” The 9 different types of chocolate are made within the same size, 26x26x26mm, featuring pointed tips, hollow interiors, smooth or rough surface textures and, while the raw materials are identical, the distinctive textures create different tastes. Each chocolate is directly named after Japanese expressions used to describe texture.
1. “tubu-tubu” Chunks of smaller chocolate drops.
2. “sube-sube” Smooth edges and corners.
3. “zara-zara” Granular like a file.
4. “toge-toge” Sharp pointed tips.
5. “goro-goro” Fourteen connected small cubes.
6. “fuwa-fuwa” Soft and airy with many tiny holes.
7. “poki-poki” A cube frame made of chocolate sticks.
8. “suka-suka” A hollow cube with thin walls.
9. “zaku-zaku” Alternately placed thin chocolate rods forming a cube.


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