Fold by Nendo for
Conde House


Japanese studio Nendo have designed a zig-zagging wooden bookshelf (+ slideshow).

Fold by Nendo for Conde House

Called Fold, the piece for Japanese producer Conde House is made of interlocking wooden boards and has a zig-zag footprint so books can be slotted into recesses facing diagonally outwards in two directions.

Fold by Nendo for Conde House

Apertures in the back of shelves in one orientation mean they can be accessed from the back as well.

Fold by Nendo for Conde House

"Thanks to the superior craftsmanship of Conde House, a wood furniture manufacturer in Asahikawa in northern Japan, the joints appear seamless, as though single boards have been bent and interwoven like paper chains or a woven textile," says Nendo. "It's virtually impossible to know, looking at the shelves, how the parts are connected."

Fold by Nendo for Conde House

The studio's earlier Splinter collection, which looks like the components have been gently peeled away will be on show at Spazio Pontaccio, Via Pontaccio 18, Milan next week. See all our Milan 2013 previews.

Fold by Nendo for Conde House

Yesterday we reported on Nendo's completed refit for the womenswear floor of Milan's famous La Rinascente department store. See all our stories about design by Nendo.

Photos are by Yoneo Kawabe.

  • cubert

    Thanks to Eileen Gray.

    • eMay

      I’d say this outperforms Gray.

  • <3 it. Great space divider :)