Nendo manipulates metal to form
Softer than Steel furniture collection

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Japanese studio Nendo has designed a collection of white metal furniture with folded, bent and curved details for Italian brand Desalto (+ slideshow).

Softer than Steel by Nendo

The Softer than Steel collection by Nendo includes items formed from steel sheets and rods, all powder-coated in white.



Softer than Steel by Nendo

"By adding flipped, bent and wrapped details to metal sheets and rods, the ordinarily hard material gains new functionality and a light, flexible feel, as though the metal has become paper or cloth," said the studio.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

The range for metal specialists Desalto includes a circular seat with a central section that is folded up to become a backrest.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

On another chair, two opposite legs are made from a continuous curving element that loops over the seat to create back and arm rests.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

Wall-mounted shelves look like sheets of paper curled up along the bottom edge to hold small items.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

Each design in a set of tables with slender legs has a different curved section cut from one edge of the surface, so the supports of another can be placed into the gaps.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

The table tops are draped over the frame so the edges fall over the sides like cloth.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

A coat stand is formed from a tall pole that twists and branches into hooks at the top.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

Nendo is fast becoming one of the world's most prolific design studios. Other recent projects include lamp shades based on traditional Japanese cooking utensils, boat shoes for luxury brand Tod's and a Winnie-the-Pooh glassware set.

Softer than Steel by Nendo

Photography is by Desalto.

  • mitate

    Form is great, function much less so.