Where to get your hands on Nendo collabs in Singapore
The yin to your yang
To enjoy a design by Nendo is to enjoy an uncluttered life. That's the understanding that founder Oki Sato has reached in his narrative for Nendo, a furniture and product design company he founded 15 years ago. With a name that translates to mean "clay", the Tokyo-based designer has collaborated with some of the biggest names in design today: Glas Italia, Moroso, Flos and Cappellini. Nendo has worked on something as small as a pair of chopsticks to experiential projects like a store layout and design, but there's always a strong undercurrent through them all: Emotion.
Sato has previously shared that his design process starts from emotions, which then grow to ideas and eventually, a product. See below for two recent collaborations you can find in Singapore.
Christofle x Nendo
After recent collaborations with the likes of Marcel Wanders and Jean-Marie Massaud, Christofle launches its first collaboration with a Japanese designer. You can almost see it coming — Nendo was, after all, celebrated at Maison&Object Paris in 2015 as designer of the year. The Constellation collection features a range of products that'll inspire your next matcha tea meet-up, with silver and lacquer tea boxes, trinket trays as well as candles to set the mood. Predictably, a collaboration with a Japanese designer involves a set of chopsticks, while the main motif takes inspiration from cherry blossoms. This time, Nendo has etched a line that links the cherry blossoms together, forming a constellation — bringing together the beauty of nature and the cosmos.
Lasvit x Nendo
A new addition to W.Atelier's lighting options, the Czech-based Lasvit has teamed up with Nendo for a lighting installation that evokes a glass forest of sorts. Bringing together different elements that made up a forest, Nendo has replaced flowers and branches with metal pipes used to blow glass by intentionally leaving them attached. The vases and flowers have also been inverted to depict the vases blooming out of the flowers. Breaking conventional ways, the growing vases symbolises the birth of life in another exercise by Nendo to offer something different.