Wire-chair by Nendo


Wire-chair by Nendo

Milan 2010: Japanese designers Nendo will present a chair made of thin steel rods at an exhibition of their work in Milan next week.

Called Wire-chair, the product is finished  in layers of hand-polished powder coating.

It will be on display at Nendo's exhibition called the Chair Garden at Galleria Antonia Jannone, where they will also present an apparently empty perfume bottle (see our earlier story).

This chair is a development of their Cord-chair project (see our earlier story), which featured hollowed-out pieces of wood on a steel frame.

See all our stories about Milan 2010 in our special category.

The following information is from Nendo:

“wire-chair” will be shown at the nendo’s private exhibition “chair garden” at Galleria Antonia Jannone.

The next generation of the 'cord-chair', with its 15 mm diameter legs of stainless steel clad in a hyper-thin wood skin.

The wooden skin has been stripped away and the diameter of the steel rods increased from 9 to 12 mm, giving them the strength to support the chair independently of the wood. Multiple layers of powder coating and hand polishing give the chair a rare lustrous finish, reminiscent of traditional Japanese lacquerware.

The new finish also heightens the chair's flexibility of use: the resulting durability and water resistance of the finish allow the wire chair to be used outdoors, and the colour selected. These modifications bring fresh charm to an already innovative chair.

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Posted on Wednesday April 7th 2010 at 3:33 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Darren

    This is just crazy.. im seeing Nendo almost everywhere in these past few days.. How many Nendos are there?

  • jack the ripper

    just when you thought the world does not need another chair …
    This is very elegant , subtle …love it .

    but I guess being a size zero is recommended , no ? how does it perform with generous weights?

  • ste

    nice to look at… terrible to sit on??

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  • Oh, the original method of using hollowed wood was so beautiful and well done; the details were amazing. This version is still successful, but I’d much rather have the wood one.

  • haha is this supposed to be meant for sitting?
    looks kinda uncomfortable

  • Lana

    I agree with christopher the original wood covered chair was unique, delicate and beautiful. The steel looks good at first glance, but the details and rigor are lacking and the original effect is lost.

  • Cr.

    Indeed I like the wooden version way better than this chair, although it looks nice. Like Darren says, how many !@#$’ing Nendo’s are there ? Apparently it’s a Studio, but they’re all over the place lately !

  • dariusz

    hmm… trust is an issue here..
    made for a North American audience?

  • it’s Oki Sato +Koichiro Oniki +Naotake Hiraga+Tsuyoshi Takagi+Shintaro Monden+Yoshiko Takahashi+ Kumiko Hoshino+Shuntaro Yamaguchi+Akihiro Ito

  • Stunning!

  • marl karx

    i question the longevity of this product. just because it looks super simple and close to no material in a photograph does not necessarily make it perfect. After prolonged use i see problems.

  • t

    after prolonged use i see addiction. love it.

  • deadmouse

    i’m somewhat afraid to sit there. nice look though.

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  • alex

    i would love to try it out~! its beautiful to look at.

  • Impressive design applied to the chair.. But I’m concern will be is that will it be able to carry about 20-30 Kg of person? just wondering… by the way. thanks for the info!

  • GV

    beautiful object!
    also wonder its performance functionally
    I hope it really works!