50 chairs, a round office and a clock
Oki Sato founded
Nendo in Tokyo in 2002. Today it is one of the most reputed conceptual design
studios worldwide which talks about complex things by means of simple
shapes and lines. We sussed out what Nendo created in 2016.
Once upon a time, there was a square white table in some office... Actually, it is still there, but Nendo decided to rewrite a story about typical office interior and create an environment that boosts creativity.
New desk became circular shaped and mobile. According to the Japanese
studio, you can bring it to a conference room for a brainstorm or even take
along with you for a lunch. In addition, these desks can also be used as portable
office space dividers.
concept was presented at the Orgatec 2016 furniture and equipment exhibition in
Slice of time
installation for the brand Panerai. Designers created an ultramodern clockmaker
shop where you can see every step of production. Visitors could feel the
passage of minutes, hours and weeks as a physical object, not as an abstract
aspect of daily life.
The name of the
project materialized in the literal sense. Using an extrusion molding process,
there was produced a 16-meter plastic tube to cut off body clocks from. Every
visitor received a unique clock as a gift. Size of each clock was determined
according to visitor’s age by converting it into millimeters.
A new clock was made every five minutes
50 chairs of polished steel inspired by the Japanese manga comics. They illustrate emotions, actions, and language of manga characters. One chair symbolizes joy, another one – inspiration, yet one – a jump, and so on up to fifty.
Caricatural chairs undergone various distortions
With manga tropes
in their minds, Nendo designers avoided direct physical similarities to comics in
terms of textures, colors or shapes. The allusions are very subtle. For
example, mirrored surfaces reflect ambient objects the same as manga comics
reflect the reality.