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Milan 2012: ‘K%: black & black collection’ by Nendo (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 17.04.2012 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Milan 2012: 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo: photo © Architonic

Yesterday evening, on the eve of the official opening of this year’s edition of Salone del Mobile, we took a stroll around Via Tortona, where the coinciding Tortona Design Week takes place. Located in Milan’s creative district, the event brings together some of the biggest names in industrial design as well as young, emerging designers who present individual, site-specific exhibitions and installations in a limited and coordinated area of Tortona. And that’s where, at number 32, we have wandered into a spacious, darkly lit room where Oki Sato of much-acclaimed practice Nendo is showcasing ‘black & black’ – the first collection launched by K%.

'Melt' chair from the Milan 2012: 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo; photo © Architonic

Focusing on ‘perfecting the balance between structure and function in furniture’, the uniformly black collection was created by Oki Sato (the Design Director of K%) as well as Singapore-based Studio JuJu and Exit Design, and encompasses 15 furniture, lighting and accessory designs.

'Y Hang' coatrack from 'K%: black & black collection' by Exit Studio; photo © Architonic

'Timber' from K%: black & black collection' by Nendo; photo © Architonic

About the collection:

 

”black&black’ concentrates on perfecting the balance between the structure and function in furniture, without the unnecessary distractions of new materials, technique and colour. It is an exploration of the fundamental elements of any object. This idea is exemplified in ‘Melt’ – a chair whose outline describes a continuous curve from the bac legs through the backrest, arm and front legs a form in which all of the structural elements of a chair melt into one.’

'Melt' chair from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

About ‘Melt’:

 

‘The outline of this chair describes a continuous curve from the back legs through the backrest, arm and front legs. A form in which all of the structural elements of a chair seem to melt into one.’

 

Materials: Powder coated steel frame and MDF

'Melt' chair from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Timber' stool from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Timber’:

 

‘A stool in the form of three pieces of wood that lean into each other. People imitate the structure of the stool when they use it, as they too sit by leaning on it casually.’

 

Materials: Matt Solid Oak in Natural or black stained and walnut

'Timber' stool from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Gather' lamp from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Gather’:

 

‘A pendant lamp that seems to be composed of three boxes gathered together, but whose interior is one continuous space. Thanks to the lamp’s non-standard form, it can be used in sequence without becoming repetitive, and the interior’s protrusions and recesses cast particular light and shadows. The three boxes hang from one shared cord, rather than requiring a cord each, giving the impression that some float in mid-air. An intriguing design, somewhere between an assemblage and an individual volume.’

 

Materials: Powder coated aluminum

'Gather' lamp from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Brace' storage unit from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Brace’:

 

‘A storage unit reinforced by triangular braces distributed between the front and rear of the unit’s sections. The braces look just like the triangular photo corners used to secure photographs to the pages of a photo album.’

 

Materials: powder coated steel

'Brace' from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Pencil' chair from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Pencil’:

 

‘A collection of tables and chairs with legs like pencils that have been whittled with a pocket-knife. This unusual form reinforces the pieces’ strength, and the provides an unusual and compelling sense of both tension from the straight lines, and softness and flexibility from the whittled angles.’

 

Materials: Matt Solid Oak in Natural, black stained and solid walnut

'Rain' bookshelf from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Rain’:

 

‘The Rain bookshelf is constructed of 8mm square steel rods – 30 deployed along the x-axis, 22 along the y-axis and 28 along the z-axis – which together, holds books in place. A bookshelf that holds books with lines rather than surfaces.’

 

Materials: Powder coated steel base

'Rain' bookshelf from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Heavy' table from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Heavy’:

 

‘A low table with decidedly unbalanced proportions, thanks to its heavy concrete top and slender, almost spindly legs. The heavy concrete is actually stable, as it has been mixed with paper to make it lighter than it appears.

 

Materials: Special mixed concrete top and powder coated steel base’

'Heavy' table from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Scissors' magazine rack from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Scissors’:

 

‘A magazine rack formed of flat steel bars arranged on the diagonal at a slight variance, so that magazines can be held in place in the spaces created between them. It’s hard to see the difference between the parts of the rack that support magazines from below and the parts that keep them from sliding out in the front and back. As a result, the magazines look as though trapped in a spider’s web.’

 

Materials: Powder coated steel

'Scissors' magazine rack from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Weave' screen from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Weave’:

 

‘A partition made of plywood pieces held together with metal pipes. The plywood pieces provide screening and function as hinges, so that the partition’s shape to be easily modified. The partition can be assembled in a variety of ways to create different patterns, and the length determined by the number of pipes. We decided to name the partition ‘weave’, in reference to the way that regular layering and combining of parts creates spaces between parts.’

 

Materials: Acrylic panels and powder coated steel rod

'Weave' screen from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Curve' table/stool from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

More about ‘Curve’:

 

‘The single curved surface that runs into the centre of this table and stool plays a structural role by stabilising them, preventing shaking. It also has the visual effect of pulling viewers into the pieces’ shadowy interior.’

 

Materials: Powder coated steel

'Curve' table/stool from 'K%: black & black collection' by Nendo

'Corners' clock conveys time by polygons, rather than by numbers

‘K%: black & black collection’

Tortona Design Week

17 – 22 April 2012

Carrozzeria – Via Tortona 32

 

to the K% website