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05. between relationships

Whether they are top-down or locational, multiple elements are inevitably bound by some kind of relationship that holds them in balance. Breaking such a state of equilibrium can create spaces between existing relationships, and thereby reconstruct them. Connecting things that are initially seperate. Layering things that are initially adjacent to each other. Inversing the relationship of structure and finish, or of design and function. Creating alternate relationships and states of balance in this way can lead to new and invaluable discoveries.

visible structures2011, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, carbon fiber, foamed polystyrene

Thanks to its lightness and toughness, carbon fiber furniture can take on a multitude of different forms. As a result, the carbon fiber furniture has gained an almost stereotypical futuristic image. For this collection, we wanted to explore new possibilities for expression by using carbon fiber in a supporting role to emphasize and accentuate the main material, rather than as the star in its own right. We arrived at this idea after thinking about carbon fiber’s use as a supporting building material, a technique developed after the Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. Wrapped around pillars or bridge girders, carbon fiber cladding can provide additional seismic resistance for civil engineering works that would be difficult to reinforce against earthquakes through traditional methods.
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object dependencies | 2012, Galerie Pierre- Alain Challier, Paris, wood, brass

Originally, furniture was structurally complete, and served to hold books, cups and other objects placed upon it. We can say that this function was one of the most important factors in determining the form of a piece of furniture. This collection presents pieces of ‘weak furniture’ that cannot stand independently until they are made structurally sound through the addition of an object. In addition to increasing stability, the accumulation of objects has other effects as well. It can change the angle of light emitted from a lamp, or expand a bookshelf. Object Dependencies is an exploration into new forms created by resetting the once-unquestioned relationship between furniture and objects.

triangle roomshoes | 2015, by | n, polyester, synthetic leather

A cone-shaped footwear that looks triangular from the side. A natural crease forms in its in-step portion, and it offers a distinctive comfort to your feet unlike any shoes or slippers. It can stand on its own without taking too much space, and several can be stacked up in the foyer with no need for slipper racks. We selected two materials with the following in mind, comfort and steadiness when stood on its own. One being polyester that has elasticity and the other being synthetic leather.

ZEROGRA | 2015, MEGANE TOP, glass, plastic

An optical frame stand for “ZEROGRA” that utilizes the lightness and resilience of the titanium frame and single-body construction of the eyeglass. This results in a small, rounded form that gives an impression of a “pebble” or a “drop of water”. By placing into the tip of the frame into the centre hole, the eyeglass was fixed in a position as though it is floating in the air. The size of the stand was kept to a minimum, so even if multiple stands were lined up in a row with each of them holding eyeglasses they would not take up too much space, and also when they were not holding the eyeglasses they will not be in the way. 

stone garden | 2013, Interior Design Show,Toronto, 
Caesarstone, caesarstone

An installation created to mark nendo’s International Guest of Honour award from the Toronto Interior Design Show 2013. Clusters of one-legged tables hold each other up by overlapping. Because we didn’t use any nails or screws to secure the tables to each other, we could change the depth and direction of the overlaps as we liked, and shape the groupings to the room as freely as an amoeba changes its form to fit its environment. Since the tables are stabilised by the weight of other tables, we needed to use a relatively strong material for the tabletops.

We selected Caesarstone, a material made by resolidifying natural crystals that have been crushed into powder. The ‘tables that aren’t quite tables’ huddle together, creating a new kind of ground surface like a garden floating in the universe, far beyond the scale of the individual tables. An installation that probes the border between ‘furniture’ and ‘non-furniture’.

ume-play collection | 2013, GEN-EMONGAMA by | n meister, ceramic

Gen-emon is one of the most renowned Arita-yaki porcelain kilns, with a 260-year history dating to 1753. We undertook an unorthodox re-edit of one of the kiln’s most famous patterns, a small plum flower repeat known as ‘ume komon’. Like children playing with paper, we blew up the pattern until it was enormous, as though viewed through a magnifying glass. We cut it up with scissors, pasted it, lined it up, turned it upside down and layered it, too.

This faux-naïve strategy allowed us to activate Gen-emon’s key visual signifiers – the blue and white underglaze and strong contrast between the dark and light blues – while developing a rich assortment of variations. The result: a delightful selection of ceramics that may have different patterns, but can be used together on the table without breaking visual unity. Traditionally, Gen-emon’s porcelains are made by drawing the outlines, then filling in the centre. We introduced a charcoal-based resist method, ‘sumi hajiki’, that allows both fine lines and an accessible price for the consumer. The ume-play collection upholds Gen-emon’s long history and traditions and reflects the kiln’s commitment to constant change and evolution.

socket-deer | 2008, au, plastic

These electrical outlet covers let you put your mobile phone on the wall as it recharges. The antlers for all three types of deer are already the perfect shape to hold things, so we hardly had to modify the forms at all. The tough urethane rubber we used for the cover holds handsets tightly, and also protects the antlers from breakage should you bump into them. Socket-deer can also be used as a cover for light switches, and the antlers make an excellent hook for keys or accessories.

rassen | 2013, Hashikura Matsukan by | n meister, wood

For four centuries, the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, has manufactured lacquered chopsticks. Obama’s lacquered chopsticks have been recognised as the hardest and most beautiful of Japanese lacquer chopsticks since the seventeenth century, when they became known as Wakasa-nuri. We designed new chopsticks in collaboration with Hashikura Matsukan, a manufacturer who continue Obama’s traditional manufacturing techniques today. Chopsticks ordinarily come in pairs, but the Rassen chopsticks are a single unit. They are separated into two for eating, then rejoined into one form when not in use. We used the artisans’ hand skills and a multi-axis CNC miller to create these unusual chopsticks.

ribbon | 2014, by | n, glass, ribbon

A room fragrance packaged as a bottle with a ribbon tied around its neck. The ribbon not only identifies the fragrance inside but functions as its diffuser. A design that takes advantage of the ribbon’s absorptive nature. There are twelve different fragrances, all 100ml.

cs015 (Yamagata-imono) | 2015, Expo Milano, Japan Pavilion, casting iron

Yamagata-imono, the name given to cast-metal crafts from Yamagata Prefecture, has its roots stretching back to the mid Heian Period (794-1185 A.D.), and has been popular in Japan since the Edo Period (1603-1868 A.D.) for its exquisite handicrafts. This particular piece, consisting of matching teapot and cup, has been made out of this traditional metal ware. Metals are generally very good thermal conductors, and in the case of this tea set, the handles stretch out from inside the containers, resembling the way in which their material emits warmth from the liquid they contain to the hands of the owner. Normally, one would use a material such as wood to try and prevent heat from being conducted to the hands, but this particular design has turned this idea on its head, viewing the unique properties of this material in a positive light.


tangle table | 2016, Cappellini, steel

A side table with just one leg that is twisted. By placing the leg of another table into the twisted section of the first, the two tables appear to be entwined together, as if holding hands. This relationship between the tables only becomes apparent through the pairing of multiple units.

hanabi | 2006, Milan Design Week, white alloy

The heat of the bulb makes this shape-memory alloy lamp “bloom” whenever the light is turned on. “Hanabi”, the Japanese word for “fireworks”, literally means “flower + fire.” Both flowers and fire fade away so quickly and easily. Like its namesake, this light flickers between beauty and disappearance.

stay-brella | 2014, by | n, polyester

An umbrella whose handle makes it not only stable when in use, but able to stand on its own when turned on its handle, hang securely from tables and stay propped up on a wall when not in use. A strap ensures that the umbrella hangs safely on the arm, too. The umbrella comes in eight different colours, all with a surface coating that reduces UV rays by 90%.

Nichetto=nendo collection | 2013, Milan Design week

​A seven-piece furniture collection created through a close collaboration with Italian designer Luca Nichetto developed in an hand to hand process.

portable pot

Nichetto: A stool that’s easy to pick up and carry about, thanks to its round form and ‘handle’ like a pot handle.

nendo: Handles on both sides of a pot need to be picked up with two hands, whereas the handle at the centre of a pot lid allows single-handed use. But a handle at the centre of the seat would make it difficult to sit down, so we created a mechanism for the handle to rise up and down, like the grip on an old-fashioned valise. We carved the stool out of cork, which is relatively lightweight but strong, and chose a size that can function as a side table as well. As a result, we produced a stool that’s simple but features a novel mechanism.

fish skin on the roof

nendo: A carpet whose form, colour and size can change flexibly thanks to its parts: small overlapping pieces like fish scales or roof tiles.

Nichetto: You can’t make the entire carpet out of individual parts or it will be cumbersome to assemble. We made units out of two, three and four overlapping circles, so that they’re relatively easy to assemble and provide colour variation. 
If the pieces are too thick, they would have been bulky when layered, so we explored extremely thin, high quality materials. The result: since the carpet has so many connecting points, it’s ideal for concealing the home appliance, lighting, phone charger and other electrical cables that overflow in modern daily life.


bridges for islands

nendo: A sofa like an archipelago, divided into small parts rather than one great mass.

Nichetto: Taking the way that Venice’s many islands are connected by narrow bridges as the image, we designed thin legs that seem to float on the water surface and connected the cushions. We also developed side tables in two different shapes.

The ability to freely arrange the sofa’s components give it a floating feeling and make it ideal for home and contract use alike.


trellis bandaged

Nichetto: Partitions are good for dividing a space, but how about adding extra functional value? The motif: the electrical wiring that keeps a car’s rear window from fogging up.

nendo: Translating the electrical wiring’s form into a three-dimensional metal frame connects the parts and creates a free-standing structure, even without a large, heavy base.

We attached highly stretchable fabric diagonally to the frame. This reduces the sight lines moderately but also creates openings here and there, ultimately minimising the overall sense of pressure, and also allows the user to freely change the shape of the shelves.

paper ice cream

Nichetto: Ice candies come in different flavours, shapes and colours. What about a lighting fixture that combines the rich variety of ice candies with their beauty when held up to light?

nendo: Carving the ends of 12mm diameter Japanese cypress posts flat like ice candy sticks gave them a slighter impression. Then we needed material for a lampshade to suit the extremely light post, so we developed an original material by dyeing traditional Japanese paper made in an unusual three-dimensional process.

When lit, the lamp’s soft light makes the paper fibres stand out, and each colour brings a subtly different character. A design that captures the delight and surprise of ice candies.

wedge of matter

nendo: Wedge a candle into the fissure in a lump of material, and use it as a candle holder. Because we can change the width of the fissure at will, the holder can accommodate candles of all shapes and sizes.

Nichetto: The candleholder even looks like a ‘lump of matter’ when not in use, and there’s such contrast with the sharp edge of the break. It’s a gentle form like a serving vessel.

We were aiming for a design that would take full advantage of the inherent characteristics of the material, for example its ability to be stabilised by its own weight and the friction with the surface, so we chose two materials for the piece: a glass-coated brass and a matte-finished marble.

shelves in a comic

Place many small shelves together to make some of the shelves into bookends, and create tiny and tantalizing spaces just waiting for something to be placed on them.

Nichetto: Wrapping those shelves in a large, flexible silhouette turned them into a speech bubble, the kind that appears by a manga character’s head as he imagines something.

Sheets of glass with a satin-finished front and coated back give the shelves the transparency and softness of a speech bubble floating in mid-air. Shelves that seem synchronized with the mind of their owner, once loaded with books and objects.


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