Nendo's 3D-printed Bonsai tree does away with meticulous plant maintenance

10 household items redesigned by Japanese studio Nendo

Prolific design studio Nendo is known for working on up to 400 projects at once. From bonsai trees to piggy banks and umbrella stands, here are 10 products that have been given a Nendo makeover.

Founded in 2005 by chief designer Oki Sato, Nendo has offices in Tokyo and Milan. In a 2015 interview, Sato told Dezeen he had "no idea" how he managed to be so productive. In another interview, he told us that his sketches are "really awful".


Meji umbrella stand by Nendo

Meji, 2016

The umbrella stand was given a minimalist redesign by the Japanese studio in 2016. Called Meji, it takes its inspiration from the joins of a tiled floor and is intended to be smaller and more space-saving than a traditional receptacle.

When an umbrella is pushed through the crosshairs formed by cuts in the silicon-covered resin block it sticks up perfectly straight without needing sides to rest against.

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Air Lids, 2018

Airtight lids for bottles and tubs were redesigned by Nendo to become tools that correspond to different hand movements. Made from fluoroelastomer, a synthetic rubber used in air conditioners, the lids are silky soft and don't lose their shape over time.

The lids can be used to pinch seasoning out of a pot, press or push liquids out of containers, or function as bottle stoppers that can be pushed back when it's time to pour.

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Heads or Tails by Nendo

Heads or Tails, 2013

Heads or Tails is a range of traditional pet accessories with a twist. A collapsable geodesic half-dome can be transformed from a cave-like bed to a raised bed for the dog or cat that wants to see the world as they lounge.

The range also includes a food dish and toys that change shape to be used in different ways.

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Nendo's 3D-printed Bonsai tree does away with meticulous plant maintenance

Grid-Bonsai, 2019

Taking care of a regular bonsai tree can be a long and arduous task involving years of tending and bending. Nendo sped up the process by creating a 3D-printed miniature tree that can be pruned into the desired shape once then left to enjoy.

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Nendo torch made from a piece of paper

Paper Torch, 2017

The aptly named Paper Torch is a flat-packed flashlight that is formed from a single piece of paper that can conduct electricity through its inked-on pattern.

Designed for emergency scenarios, the paper can simply be rolled into a tube and the LED lights turned on.

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Triangular slippers by Nendo

Triangle Roomshoes, 2015

These Nendo-designed slippers are cosy shoes to be worn indoors that can be stacked into a vertical tower when not in use.

Their distinctive tapered shape means they crease at the instep to hold on to the foot while being worn, and can be neatly stored away when not in use.

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Pyggy Bank by Nendo

Pyggy Bank, 2010

Nendo turned the traditional piggy bank design on its snout for this more subtle take on a money box.

Pale pink bottle-shaped vessels have two discrete slots in the top for coins to drop through, creating the image of a pig's nose.

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Nendo designs emergency portable battery that can be charged by hand

Denqul, 2018

A portable charger for personal electric devices has been turned into a handy kinetic baton.

To generate electricity, the user holds the stick-shaped charger in one hand and extending and twisting it to create a L shape. Swinging the charger round for a few minutes generates power.

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Roopuppet by Nendo

Roopuppet, 2012

An extendable pocket-style panel in this Nendo version of a standard canvas tote bag can be animated as a hand puppet by putting the wearer's hand inside and wiggling it about.

Called Roopuppet, it is available in the shape of a kangaroo, bear or dinosaur.

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Nendo bLen pen for Zebra

bLen, 2018

Nendo took a basic ballpoint pen and refined it to so that it is more comfortable to grip and doesn't rattle as much.

A brass weight in the tip lowers its sense of gravity, and an extra spring makes the push-button action smoother.

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