We knew we were in for a treat when we headed into acclaimed Japanese design house Nendo's exhibition at the Museo della Permanente for the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair. Two entire floors of the museum are fully packed with some of the most iconic pieces produced by Oki Sato’s office for such noted companies as Cappellini, Driade, Gebruder Thonet Vienna, Italian Glass, Lemnos, Moroso, and others. If you are in Milan, this space is definitely worth a visit, and if not, dive into our gallery below for a selection of some of Nendo’s best works from the show.
The “Deep Sea” shelf is made out of colored glass. The transparent tint effect was achieved by melting a layer of transparent lightly colored film onto the surface. The result: a furniture piece that is transparent from any angle and that draws the viewer into its depth. Designed for Glas.
“Soft” comprises three different shapes of of low, glass tables. Each is a box made of 5 sheets of frosted, softy tinted colored glass. The tables have a soft gradation effect, such as from purple to red, from orange to yellow and from blue to purple, creating a glowing sense of luminosity.
This table is formed by glass sheets with square holes in grid lines which have been placed inside a glass box in four separate layers. The internal holes appear to float in the air inside the table. Interestingly, an effect of addition was achieved through subtraction.
This table was produced with the support of the Italian material manufacturer Alcantara and consists of various colors that have been layered and rolled up to created a kind of log. The conglomeration was then cut into slices of lumber to create the effect of tree rings.
Designed for Moroso, “Float” is a seemingly normal stool with a rectangular plywood seating surface and classic steel pipe legs. However, two of the four legs of this piece were cut off from under the seating surface to create the visual effect of a seat that is partially floating in the air.
“Fragment” is a screen made of two layers of transparent glass each with a rectangular mirror pattern. The overlapping of these two patterns produces three visual effects: transparency, external reflection and internal reflection of the reflective surfaces. Designed for Glas.
After applying a homogeneous coating to the glass, the surface was etched away with a metal brush, whilst still half-dry. Once this procedure is carried out vertically and horizontally, an uneven texture similar to a roughly woven textile emerges. Later this new texture was converted into a data format and then printed on each of the top glass panels of these tables.
These layered cabinets are made entirely of glass, with multiple hanging flaps in the front, middle and back. The tones of each hanging flap are subtly different one from another. By sliding them to the left or right, various hues emerge depending on how the flaps overlap.
This design for Glas Italia combines a mirror and a chair into one piece of furniture. Progressively darker frosted gradations emphasize the fusion of these two functional elements while softening the chair’s reflectivity, giving it a stronger physical presence.
The “pair” collection was designed as an image of two furniture pieces made of frosted smoke-tone glass merged together. Transparent glass is used here to emphasize the overlapping section. This set of objects includes such items as chairs, tables and shelves.
“Sudare” is a furniture collection designed for exterior spaces. The seat and table fold and are able to stand alone when not in use. They also have a double use as a parturition (like Japanese sudare window blinds). The table’s height and tabletop dimensions are easily varied by moving the position of the blinds.
The idea for this piece was to create a chair made of four aluminum “twigs” and a seat. While the aluminium structure of all of the chairs is the same, the five upper portions feature different shapes, colours and materials.