Design studio Nendo with more than 100 project lauched. Prolific design studio Nendo has launched over 100 products during the past year, Oki Sato who found it 10 years ago, explained that he is currently working on almost 400 projects.
The Tokyo-based designer has a one-year retrospective exhibition of the studio’s vast output that took place during Milan design week. Nendo’s team of roughly 30 designers and interns has produced over 100 products for 19 brands over the past 12 months, many of which were presented in the showcase.
Sato, with 37 old, base he’s design process and sped up by the studio’s three 3D printers, which enable him to create quick prototypes overnight and send ideas to locations around the world. Nendo Works 2014-2015 presents a year’s worth of work by the studio’s founder Oki Sato at Milan’s Museo della Permanente.
The nine new ranges for manufacturer Glas Italia are displayed across the museum’s ground floor. These include frosted glass cuboid tables with rainbow colored edges and furniture with dark surfaces that appear to be slipping off.
One of Sato’s favorite designs from the range is a table called Clear Shadows, which has a glass top patterned with snowflake shapes that aren’t visible unless inspected closely. But, Nendo has been awarded the Designer of the Year title for this year’s Maison&Objet and creator of a “chocolate lounge” at the Paris trade fair.
Following a prolific 2014 – which saw Nendo design ranges for Disney as well as eyewear, umbrellas, furniture, shirts, and interiors – the studio founded by designer Oki Sato has been named as this year’s recipient of the Maison&Objet Designer of the Year accolade. Nendo was asked to design a lounge for visitors to the upcoming edition of the biannual furniture and interiors show. The studio has also created a range of nine chocolates molded into unusual shapes within a 26-millimetre cube.
The Chocolatexture collection includes treats with pointed tips, hollow interiors and rough textures. One of the cubes is constructed from a frame of chocolate sticks, while another is formed into spikes. A limited edition of 400 boxes will be for sale at the lounge, where visitors will be able to sample the sweets.
The space will be furnished with Nendo’s previous seat designs for brands including Cappellini, Desalto, Glas Italia, Emeco, Offecct and Moroso.
Japanese designers Nendo also have created chocolate pencils for Tokyo patissier Tsujiguchi Hironobu, where the pencils come with a sharpener so chocolate shavings can be grated on top of pastries and desserts. The Chocolate-pencils is a collaboration with patissier Tsujiguchi Hironobu, the mastermind behind popular dessert shops like Mont St. Claire and Le Chocolat de H. Tsujiguchi created a new dessert based on his impression and Nendo designed new tableware for them. Based on this idea, the “chocolate pencils” come in a number of cocoa blends that vary in intensity, and chocophiles can use the special “pencil sharpener” that comes with a plate to grate chocolate into the dessert.
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