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Cape by Nendo for Offecct

Stockholm 2013: these bent wood chairs by Japanese studio Nendo flick out at the back as if they're wearing capes.

Cape by Nendo for Offecct

Nendo designed the Cape chairs for Swedish design brand Offecct and each one comprises two pieces of bent wood on a lightweight steel frame. They are available in white, black and natural wood.

Cape by Nendo for Offecct

Earlier this week we reported on the studio's mountain range of white foamboard at the entrance to Stockholm Furniture Fair, where Nendo is guest of honour.

Cape by Nendo for Offecct

Also in Stockholm this week, Nendo unveiled an installation of 30 different lamps created from modular parts for Swedish lighting brand Wästberg – see all products from Stockholm Design Week.

Other designs by Nendo we've published recently include bowls so thin they quiver in the wind and glassware made from Coca-Cola bottles. See more design by Nendo.

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Here's some more information from Offecct:

Offecct proudly presents the elegant chair Cape, the first addition to the collection by one of the greatest names on the contemporary design scene: the Japanese designer Nendo/Oki Sato. Cape is designed by Nendo, who is also the Guest of Honour at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013 as well as the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan 2012.

Cape is a complex chair with an exciting look, with ultra-thin dimensions and a very low weight, made possible by a collaboration between Offecct and Swedish Steel AB in the development of new steel materials. The development behind Cape has taken place within the Offecct Lab, a comprehensive strategic initiative which aims to concentrate Offecct’s efforts in the development of new solutions and new products.

Nendo draws inspiration from everyday life. He describes his products as functional, simple and friendly. Every day we encounter small wow-moments – or as Nendo expresses them, “!” moments – that are easily forgotten. With his design Nendo wishes to capture these interesting moments, collect them and reformulate them into something that is easy to understand.

Cape is an elegant chair that gives the illusion of a cape spread over a frame. The subtle twist in the design of Cape makes the chair stand out all the while being obvious and simple in its design language. Simply “ ! ”.

Offecct always works with authentic materials in its production. The tasteful seat of Cape is molded in wood produced from controlled sources and the stand is made of an extremely light material which gives the chair its elegant shape.

"Offecct has a long history of cooperating with some of the world’s most prominent designers," says Kurt Tingdal, CEO, Offecct. "That is why it is both natural and pleasing that we can present the chair Cape; a first, and in our opinion excellent, result of the cooperation with Nendo," Kurt Tingdal concludes.