Splinter by Nendo
for Conde House

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Cologne 2013: Japanese studio Nendo has designed a collection of furniture with components that look like they're peeled away from wooden stems (+ slideshow).

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

"We splintered each piece of wood as though peeling it away," says Nendo. "We kept larger pieces of wood at their original thickness to provide strength where necessary, and used thin pieces of wood that had splintered off for more delicate parts."

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

"We approached the wood gently, going with the grain so that the wood would retain its original pliancy," Nendo adds.

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

Called Splinter, the range includes a chair, coat stand, side table and two mirrors.

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

It is produced by Conde House, a manufacturer based in Japan's Asahikawa wooden furniture region.

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

The series will be presented at imm cologne in Germany from 14 to 20 January 2013.

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

Nendo have been Dezeen regulars for a long time and their recent projects include chairs covered in fishing line rather than varnish, bowls so thin they quiver in the wind and the Dark Noon series of watches available from Dezeen Watch Store.

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

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Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

Photos are by Yoneo Kawabe.

Splinter by Nendo for Conde House

  • Zorro

    Something new?

    » the chair looks like Makil by Patrick Norguet

    » the coffee tables looks like Namu by Böttcher+Henssler

    » the mirrors look like Perch by Pierre Favresse

    • Kerby

      And Patrick Norguet’s chair looks like Bac by Jasper Morrison, and it goes on and on.

      It’s just an creative evolution: nothing comes from nowhere (and I’m not talking about copying).

      I agree that there are some paralells between the mentioned products but in this instance Nendo has chosen a wooden “peeled” detail and executed a coherent range of high quality, well deserving its existance.

  • http://www.michaelschoner.de michael

    Reminds me of the split chair by Daniel Lorch – he made it from steel tube: http://www.daniellorch.de/

    Both are nice chairs though.

  • ema

    Nice detail!

  • peter cook

    Nice, but the peeling idea is not new:
    http://design-milk.com/plooop-chair-by-timothy-sc

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Sure would like to see a video of the production process.

  • JeffK

    Simply beautiful.

  • kubo

    Nendo can do no wrong (yet) in my opinion. They are just brilliant every time I see new work from them.

  • http://www.themilanese.com TheMilanese

    Chair by Daniel Lorch and mirrors by La Mamba. What’s going on Nendo? Amazing technique by the way!

  • Jenny

    Mirrors look like La Mamba studio. The other stuff is okay but not amazing.

  • Damian

    How many different pieces of wood make up the backrest? Five? More? I would also like to see a video of the production process!

  • Nick

    I don’t understand how Nendo can deliver hundreds of projects every year. The natural outcome of that though is that some projects are truly nice like this one, while others are just tacky gadgets. I’d like them to focus more, do less but more high quality.

  • http://www.bordeogstole.dk Tom

    Very beautiful chair. I would like to see how they make it. I think it near impossible to make a new original chair. Today there is so many models, that there always will been another chair that “looks-a-like”.

  • http://www.garagedoorrepair-chicago.com garage door repair

    Nendo can do no wrong (yet) in my opinion. They are just brilliant every time I see new work from them.

  • FUI

    Wegner has a chair with this technology, but is has been dormant and Nendo, once again, resurrected it. That is great.

    Now, heavy jackets are going to crack that coat hanger in no time.