Dezeen Magazine

Corona globes by Nendo

Japanese designers Nendo have designed a set of globes depicting white oceans and black land masses.

Called Corona, the globes have been simplified by reducing the amount of information on the surface.

Each globe is suspended in a white powder-coated steel ring and stand.

The globes come in diameters of 26 or 15 centimeters, and the floor model stands at 110 centimeters tall.

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Below is some information from the designers:


Globes “Corona” for Watanabe Kyogu

Watanabe Kyogu makes high-spec, hand-applied globes at their educational products firm in Soka, Saitama Prefecture outside of Tokyo. We wanted to take full advantage of Watanabe Kyogu’s high level of craftsmanship.

We were also interested in creating a new kind of globe that would be more emotional, rather than simply presenting information. By reducing the amount of information, and rendering the oceans in white and landmasses in black, the corona globe highlights the reliefs of islands and coastlines. A globe’s stand should complement the globe, so we created a gentle curve that recedes rather than standing out, and powder-coated the steel for a fresh, gentle finish that blends with the globe’s lustrous surface.

To fit a variety of interiors, we created three sizes: a standard 26 cm diameter version, a floor model that stands 110 cm tall, and a smaller version with a 15 cm diameter.