Transparent Collection by Nendo

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Transparent Chair by Nendo

Milan 2011: this chair made from polyurethane film is part of a collection of transparent furniture by Japanese designers Nendo, on show in Milan this week.

Transparent Chair by Nendo

Other pieces in the series include an acrylic table top cast from deep-grained wood and a lamp shade made from a clear film that diffuses light when seen straight-on.

Transparent Table by Nendo

The collection is on show at Galleria Antonia Jannone, 125 Corso Garibaldi, Milan 20121 from 12-16 April.

Transparent Lamp by Nendo

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Transparent Table by Nendo

Photographs are by Masayuki Hayashi.

Transparent Table by Nendo

The following details are from Nendo:


Solo exhibition “texured transparencies” in Milan

4 new pieces will be exhibited at Galleria Jannone

Transparent Table by Nendo

Textured transparencies collection

Our furniture collection explored transparency, but with a difference: not transparency that seeks only to disappear visually, but the half-transparency that exists in gradations in the space between the transparent and the opaque, and the minute differences visible between different levels of transparency.

Transparent Table by Nendo

Transparent-chair

A chair made with polyurethane film, a transparent film commonly used as a packing material for precision instruments and products susceptible to vibrations and shock, thanks to its high elasticity and ability to return to its original state.

Transparent Lamp by Nendo

All pieces explored transparency’s infinite nuances, but were constructed from different materials, pointing to the possibility of new functionalities and visual effect

Transparent Lamp by Nendo

Looking at the chair, it seems to consist of nothing but a backrest and armrests. It wraps and supports the body like a hammock, providing a light, floating feeling for the sitter.

Transparent Lamp by Nendo

Transparent table

We cast clear acrylic in a wooden form with a strong grain and assembled the resulting pieces to create a table made of ‘transparent wood’. We reproduced the butt ends faithfully and bevelled the edges like floorboards, and matched the grains ends and dimensions of the wood used for the table legs to the ‘transparent wood’ to create a unified piece.

Transparent Chair by Nendo

The two tables have specific and different optical effects: at first glance the black table is wood, but a closer look reveals its transparency, while the clear table is the transparent at first glance, and only later reveals its wooden form.

Transparent Chair by Nendo

Transparent-lamp

Today, we’re blessed with a variety of sight-protective films for window glass and smart phone screens that prevent unwelcome peeks from neighbours.

Transparent Chair by Nendo

Our pendant lamp uses a type of protective film that is semi-transparent when viewed directly, and transparent when viewed at an angle.

Transparent Chair by Nendo

We placed the light source at the centre of the ring of film, creating a lampshade that might be transparent, but mutes the light emitting from its centre through the layer of half-transparency regardless of the angle from which it is viewed.

Transparent Chair by Nendo

The light hits the film at a right angle, creating the effect of soft light spilling into the space of the room as it passes through the transparent lampshade.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerhard-Dehls/544823273 Gerhard Dehls

    Nendo always at the edge…nice

  • nofelix

    most innovative chair i've seen in ages, awesome. it's great to see someone not content to merely have original technology, but to create the perfect design to reflect that technology

  • LOW

    The attention to detail on the table is riveting!

  • Rondi

    Its very poetic etc kind of useless no ?

  • andi

    chair is good if u're back doesn't reach the pipe

  • boris

    Tokujin Yoshioka… your move.