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Tue 14.10.

‘Shelf + Desk + Chair = Office’ installation by Nendo for Kokuyo (JP)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 14.10.2014 - Tagged as: ,

object05: Some of the shelves become a staircase. Sitting on them transforms them into benches, and when accessed from behind they’re a closed desk. A thought experiment into the relationship between dynamic and static space, and the different functions of front and back. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

‘Shelf + Desk + Chair = Office’ installation by Nendo for Kokuyo, photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

Tokyo-based design studio Nendo has created an installation for Kokuyo Furniture for Orgatec 2014, the international trade fair for office and facility.

 

 

 object05: Some of the shelves become a staircase. Sitting on them transforms them into benches, and when accessed from behind they’re a closed desk. A thought experiment into the relationship between dynamic and static space, and the different functions of front and back. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki


object05: Some of the shelves become a staircase. Sitting on them transforms them into benches, and when accessed from behind they’re a closed desk. A thought experiment into the relationship between dynamic and static space, and the different functions of front and back. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

“While our demands on office space become only more and more diverse, office furniture has not changed along with these demands and remains oddly standardized.” says Nendo.

 

object03: Shelves and desks mingle, and space appears inside by cutting out their overlaps. Searching for a new way of gathering together and a new spatial relationship with desks, in which we’re enclosed by our desk, rather than sit facing it. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

object03: Shelves and desks mingle, and space appears inside by cutting out their overlaps. Searching for a new way of gathering together and a new spatial relationship with desks, in which we’re enclosed by our desk, rather than sit facing it. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

“In contrast, our installation tried to capture the spirit of Kokuyo Furniture by returning to the fundamental principles of the office and asking what, ultimately, an office is.”

 

object03: Shelves and desks mingle, and space appears inside by cutting out their overlaps. Searching for a new way of gathering together and a new spatial relationship with desks, in which we’re enclosed by our desk, rather than sit facing it. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

object03: Shelves and desks mingle, and space appears inside by cutting out their overlaps. Searching for a new way of gathering together and a new spatial relationship with desks, in which we’re enclosed by our desk, rather than sit facing it. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

“For Orgatec 2014, we didn’t want Kokuyo’s exhibition to consist of nothing more than product explanations. We broke the office down into its smallest components – desks, chairs and shelving – then put it back together again, creating new relationships between the component items to explore the possibilities of future office space.”

 

object01: Removing some of the shelves turns part of the shelving unit into a desk. Exploring the boundary between horizontal surfaces intended for storage, and those intended for work. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

object01: Removing some of the shelves turns part of the shelving unit into a desk. Exploring the boundary between horizontal surfaces intended for storage, and those intended for work. Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki

“Instead of opting for the usual smooth, glossy office furniture finish, we used a varied matte finish and carried the muted black through the entire colour scheme. Combined with Kokuyo’s newest chair, the Inspine, the rough, primitive design shelving and table created an arresting contrast.”

 

to the Nendo website

 

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