Ofon by Nendo
for Kokuyo

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Product news: this collection of office furniture by Japanese design studio Nendo can be screwed together with a coin rather than tools (+ slideshow).

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

The two parts of each coin joint lie flush in the flat-pack panels when not in use, but with the push of a finger the screw component springs out to be loosened using small change.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Nendo designed the flexible Ofon range for office furniture brand Kokuyo to be used by companies who are constantly rearranging their workplaces.

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Different desks and shelves can be attached by fixing the joints on the top, bottom and side panels.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Small shelving units double as legs for desks or stack on top of each other and side by side to create larger storage solutions.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Pastel-coloured fabric panels fit over the cubby holes to conceal their contents, hinged along the top edges.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Black, white and wood veneer options for each variation can be ordered.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Nendo's latest projects include bottle designs for coffee flavoured beer and an installation of shower-light hybrids.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Photos are by Hiroshi Iwasaki.

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Nendo provided us with the following text:


Ofon

An office furniture collection designed for small workspaces.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Quick change is important for small offices. They need to be able to modify the office layout to respond to frequent moves, and to employee numbers expanding and contracting flexibly based on the organisation’s growth and the scale of each new project. We wanted our office furniture to be easily expandable and multi-functional, too.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

We developed a 'coin joint' that can be screwed and unscrewed with a single coin, rather than requiring tools.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Assembling the furniture is almost as easy as pushing a button. The two parts of the joint lie flat when the furniture is not in use, then spring out with the touch of a finger to be screwed together with the coin.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

We used this joint to assemble box-type shelves. Shelves not in use can serve as legs for cabinet-type desks.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

The upholstered panels that function as cupboard doors also function as partitions between the desks; placed together, they can also partition the office space. The result: a highly functional design that allows workers to focus and relax within the same small space, and offers the physical flexibility required for easy changes to the office layout.

Ofon by Nendo for Kokuyo

Since the design gives workers both 'on' and 'off' space and maximizes users' ability to attach and detach the parts, 'ofon' was the perfect name for the collection.

  • Jay Hov

    How about a shelf that one can only screw together with a black card?

  • http://londonofficefurnitureclearanceandremovals.co.uk office clearance

    You’ve just made me fall in love with ‘coin joints’ on office furniture.

    You’ve also proven that money is the key to all things that need to be locked :)