nendo, ‘"Deep-Sea Bookcase"’, 2013, Chamber
nendo, ‘"Deep-Sea Bookcase"’, 2013, Chamber
nendo, ‘"Deep-Sea Bookcase"’, 2013, Chamber

Although the color of this bookcase is not immediately evocative of the sea, the shelves mirror the sea stratum by getting progressively darker from top to bottom, where they turn a brown hue. The sea, after all, is colored by what is underneath. Despite the color gradation, the furniture remains transparent from any angle, so any object placed upon its surface seems to float. In fact, adding objects only intensifies the differences between the “ocean depths” of each sheet. By treating glass in this way, Nendo and Glas Italia have made furniture that, although inconspicuous, demands your attention.

About nendo

With offices in Tokyo and Milan, Nendo is a design studio run by Oki Sato; he describes his mission as to give people small flashes of inspiration: “We’d like the people who’ve encountered Nendo’s designs to feel these small ‘!’ moments intuitively.” This whimsical sentiment translates into bold but beautiful works of interior design—a series of lamps, tables, and vessels made from heated agricultural nets look like bionic jellyfish, suspended in midair, and Nendo’s glass tables with long, thin legs are as striking as something intentionally invisible can be. Nendo has collaborated with a host of luxury brands, including Tod’s, Cartier, and Lexus.

Japanese, b. 1977, Toronto, Canada

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