Flaw turned into beauty – the Splinter collection by Nendo
Nendo has given the example how to find the purpose for a “flaw” of the wood, usually perceived as something that tends to affect its strength, durability, or utility value. Its remarkable how Nendo’s clever design has turned this deficiency into an advantage.
Designers have splintered each piece of wood as though peeling it away.
In this way the top of the coat stand peels away to provide coat hooks, chairs’ backrests divide to become armrests and legs and the side table’s stand splinter to turn into three legs.
Larger pieces of wood were kept at their original thickness to provide strength where necessary. Thin pieces of wood that had splintered off were used for more delicate parts.
“We approached the wood gently, going with the grain so that the wood would retain its original pliancy.” – explains Oki Sato, Nendo’s chief designer.
Nendo’s design evokes the minimalist tradition of Japanese design, and besides its remarkable craft this aesthetics is sort of a symbol for the new paradigm – not just in contemporary design – but everyday life that longs for more humble way of living, paying the attention to the details, sustainability and personalization.
Nendo emerged as one of the most distinguished design studios of the last decade bringing Japanese design in the foreground. It has attracted the attention of the most significant European design brands in the furniture segment such as Capellini, Fritz Hansen, Moroso, Esatblished & Sons, etc.
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