Nendo previews Soft glass table collection for Milan exhibition

Nendo previews Soft glass table collection for Milan exhibition

Milan 2015: Japanese design studio Nendo has unveiled a series of glass tables that will form part of its solo exhibition during this year's furniture fair in Milan.

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

The prolific studio led by designer Oki Sato has teamed up with glass specialists Glas Italia to debut nine new collections as part of its Nendo Works 2014-2015 exhibition.

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

The first of these consists of three low tables. Each is made from five sheets of frosted glass, arranged to create two boxes with a square surface and one rectangular one.

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

The joints between each panel of glass have been finished in a bright strip of colour, applied to the edges before the tables were assembled.

The colours change along the length of each panel, fading into other hues. Colour combinations include yellow to red, blue to pink, and turquoise to purple.

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

"These colours had a gradation effect," said a statement from Nendo. "What is more, the reverse side of the frosted glass was printed with a pattern to make it look as though the same colours were blurred on the glass surface."

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

The collection of tables is called Soft, a reference to the faded appearance of the colours as they spread across the frosted glass.

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

"We tried to create a natural and soft image, as if the colours on the edges were blurring," added the studio.



Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

"By combining the extremely difficult technique of printing gradation colours on the diagonal edges with the printing that expresses a delicate 'blurriness', an appearance that contradicts the conventional image of glass, which is of a hard and sharp material, was achieved."

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

The Nendo exhibition will take place at Milan's Museo della Permanente from 14-19 April and will exhibit over 100 pieces of the studio's work with 19 brands.

Nendo's Soft collection for Glas Italia

These will include collaborations with ice cream company Häagen-Dazs, Italian furniture brand Moroso and fashion brand Tod's.