More news from Nendo (do these guys ever sleep?): The Japanese designers recently concluded a solo show at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute in which they turned part of the place into a giant trompe l’oeil living room.
Oki Sato, the low-profile principal of the Japanese firm Nendo, is the design world's James Franco, a man who can seemingly do just about anything. We’ve covered a sliver of the architect’s body of work at Co.Design: material innovation, otherworldly exhibition design, and stunning minimalist interiors. Oh, did we mention computer accessories? Nendo already introduced a devastatingly cute mouse with a detachable USB tail for Elecom, which is now adding a new Nendo-designed products to its mix, on top of products previously introduced.
The master illusionists over at Nendo are up with a new furniture concept that could turn even the dullest living room into a giant work of op art. Scatter Shelf is a towering bookshelf (yes, bookshelves can look like art!) with thin sheets of glossy, black acrylic stacked into an irregular grid. Inspected from different vantage points, the grid plays all sorts of freaky visual tricks; think of it as a kaleidoscope that just happens to be able to hold a whole lot of books.
Perhaps no other design studio can deliver both disarming cuteness and poetic minimalism with more mastery than Nendo. A couple of days ago, we brought you the Japanese firm's computer mouse with a detachable USB “tail”; today’s offering is a lovely suspension lamp inspired by the simple act of rolling up two pieces of paper and slipping one inside the other to form a shape resembling a long flower bud.
God bless the Japanese, who have succeeded in making nearly everything on the planet more adorable. And now they've really done it. They've managed to make a mouse -- yes, that little white utilitarian computer mouse you're clutching right now -- cute.
From the clever kids at Nendo comes the Oppopet wireless optical mouse. Each mouse is fitted with a detachable USB piece that matches the color of the trackball. But Nendo went one step further, turning that USB piece into the tiny tail of an animal ("oppo" means "tail" in Japanese).
Many fashionable women have become famous for their hats -- from Jackie O. and her demure pillboxes to the style icon Isabella Blow and her outrageous concoctions. And yet few, if any, designers have become household names for their millinery. So it’s heartening to see the hatmaker Akio Hirata get his due, in Akio Hirata’s Exhibition of Hats, a brilliantly produced installation on view at Tokyo’s Spiral Garden until July 3.
Nendo, one of the most talented Japanese design firms working today, has sent us images of a table that'll debut at the Milan furniture fair in a couple weeks, and it's a stunner -- a triumph of optical illusion. It looks like wood frozen in ice.
To make it, Nendo cast clear acrylic in a form taken from a heavy-grain wood plank, repeated, then assembled the resulting pieces to produce a table top of so-called "transparent wood."