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Tue 23.11.

Ceramic speakers by nendo / Design Concept (JP)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 23.11.2010 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Ceramic speaker by nendo / Design Concept

The Japanese designers of nendo recently presented these speakers made from ceramics within the Revalue Nippon Project, an initiative launched by the former Japan footballer Nakata Hidetoshi to revitalize the traditional crafts in Japan. Curator Akimoto Yuji, director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, invited nendo to collaborate with Mitsuke Masagasu, a Kanazawa-based potter whose work springs from the traditions of the local Kutani ware.

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'pyggy bank' by nendo / design concept

At this year’s Design Tide in Tokyo from 27 October – 9 November the Japanese studio nendo presents this savings box, a pig-snouted bottle and jar made of unglazed fired clay. ‘pyggy bank’ is showcased within the Isetan department store’s ‘Piggy Bank Collection’ exhibition.

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6500 mm hanger rack by Nendo, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

The Tokyo based designers of Nendo will be present at this year’s London Design Festival with a solo exhibition at Saatchi Gallery, curated by Phillips de Pury & Company. The collection of delicate metal furniture includes a series of graphical hanger racks, which represent an experimental discourse about the space between two and three dimensions.

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Triennale in Kanazawa, photo by Daici Ano

This exhibition design characterised by five pre-fabricated agricultural greenhouses was designed by the Tokyo based designers of Nendo – each house is dedicated to one of the five curators. The temporary exhibition venue, a remaining space left over from a large bookstore, and a limited budget necessitated to leave the empty retail space more or less intact, without placing drastic changes to the leftover interior.

Triennale in Kanazawa, photo by Daici Ano

Here is what the designers explain:

“The lighting used to highlight the works inside would softly pour from the translucent plastic walls, and their gentle glow turned the greenhouses into large lanterns of light. Moreover, winding ”trails” of black stapled carpets ran throughout the exhibition venue, with white vinyl panels for displaying the works positioned alongside there “trails”. While keeping costs low, we were thus able to create the semblance of “farmland” that partitioned the area where people would walk and where the works would be displayed. This form of expression was in fact an expanded version of the “home-use greenhouse” that we had used at our pre-event venue held half a year earlier, and we found that this environment was most suitable for expressing the development and growth of crafts in the unique “soils” of Kanazawa.”

Triennale in Kanazawa, photo by Daici Ano

Triennale in Kanazawa, photo by Daici Ano

Triennale in Kanazawa, photo by Daici Ano

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to the Triennale of Kogei website

24 ISSEY MIYAKE shop by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

Nendo designed the new shop including this beautiful and minimal display system for clothes and accessories for the Japanese fashion label ISSEY MIYAKE at Shibuya Parco in Tokyo.

24 ISSEY MIYAKE shop by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

Here is what the designers say:

“The Miyake team wanted a new design concept for the 24 Issey Miyake shop in Shibuya’s Parco shopping complex, which includes a store that specially features Miyake’s new Bilbao bag.
The Bilbao bag has no set form. Instead, it settles depending on how it is placed. To match the bag, we abandoned the standard hard, flat and smooth fixtures found in most shops, and created a set of variable-height fixtures made of thin steel rods that stand like a field of prairie grass in the shop, with a similar vague, undefined shape like the bag.
Shelving and hanger rods are also made of steel rods, in the 7 mm diametre common to all of the 24 Issey Miyake shop interiors. Supported by ‘points’, rather than by surfaces or lines, the bags seem to waft in the air like flowers in a light breeze, creating the illusion of a field of flowers in the store.”

24 ISSEY MIYAKE shop by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

more Nendo products @ Architonic

Tue 6.4.

Milan Preview: News by Nendo (JP)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 06.04.2010 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'dress-up' vase for 361° by Nendo

Nendo will have the pivate exhibition ‘chair garden’ at Galleria Antonia Jannone on Corso Garibaldi 125 during this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Amongst others there will be showcased these ceramic works by the Tokyo based studio.


“Three flower vases made in collaboration with Ceramic Japan, a firm in Seto, an area in Aichi Prefecture historically known for its ceramics. The three forms make up a family: a heavyset ‘father’, a slim ‘mother’ and a smaller ‘child.”

'peel' cup for 361° by Nendo

“A small section of the rim of this tea mug has been ‘peeled’ away to allow the tea bag string to escape, and the spoon to remain inside when you drink your tea or put on the lid to carry the mug with one hand.”


Beside this Nendo will present new designs for Arketipo and Flaminia at the Milan Fair as well.


more Nendo products @ Architonic

'24 ISSEY MIYAKE' by Nendo

'24 ISSEY MIYAKE' by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

The Japanese designers of Nendo designed the new concept shops ’24 Issey Miyake’ for different Tokyo department stores.

'24 Issey Miyake' by Nendo

'24 Issey Miyake' by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

“A new concept shop that offers a brightly coloured selection of items chosen from each of the Issey Miyake lines, alongside new, original items specially created for the shop. Each reasonably-priced item comes in 20 different colours, and the shop’s lineup is renewed every two months. The overall concept derived from the Japanese convenience store, with its constant state of dynamic, fluid change. To highlight this association, the shop’s name is ’24′, and its logo features the kind of stripes you might expect to find on the facade of a convenience store. The packaging, too, comes from food packaging.”

'24 Issey Miyake' by Nendo

'24 Issey Miyake' by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

” For the shop design, we were inspired by the ‘harmonious chaos’ of Japanese convenience stores. To keep the space as small as possible and fill it to the brink with products, we got rid of the back room storage all of the products are on the shelves at all times. Since the products themselves are so brightly coloured, we used no colour whatsoever for the shop itself. All of the fixtures, including hangers and shelving, are 7mm steel, striped like a shopping basket. The entire shop functions as a display, and the white lines of the steel fixtures give the brightly coloured products a sense of volume. The idea is that as the items change, the shop itself will change character dramatically.”

Shop furniture by Nendo

Shop furniture by Nendo, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

Shop furniture by Nendo

Shop furniture by Nendo, photo by Masayuki Hayashi

to the Nendo website

Pre-event designed by Nendo

Exhibition in a greenhouse by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

The Japanese design studio Nendo developed the design for a exhibition of 62 craft objects by 50 artisans at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, in western Japan. The exhibition is a pre-event of next year’s World Craft Triennial.

Pre-event designed by Nendo

Exhibition designed by Nendo, photo by Daici Ano

“The objects’ materials range widely, including glass, wood, ceramics, metal and cloth. A variety of techniques were used in their creation, and they range widely in size. For the exhibition design, then, we chose the opposite strategy. Small mass-produced home-use greenhouses give a sense of order to the space and provide visitors with a flat perspective from which to view the exhibition, allowing the rich variety of the objects to stand out.

The greenhouses also suggest the metaphor of the museum’s hopes that crafts will continue to grow and flourish like plants. The greenhouses are made completely of glass, and each comes with its own shelving and pre-installed wiring for lighting. They are inexpensive, perfect for small budgets, and are easily assembled with only a screwdriver. It took only one day to assemble all 62 of the boxes.

They can be broken down and stored after the exhibition. This not only eliminates nearly all waste from the exhibition fixtures, but also allows for possible reuse during the the Kanazawa World Craft Triennale 2010.”

Photo by Daici Ano

Photo by Daici Ano

to the Nendo website

‘Cabbage Chair’ by Nendo / Oki Sato at the Copenhagen Design Week

Nendo for Arketipo

‘Senseware’ at the Triennale in Milan

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