Published on : Monday, March 27, 2017
Nendo’s new Flow collection features tabletops that melt into bowls, which will make its debut at Milan Design Week. Created for Italian brand Alias, this furniture collection consists of white coffee tables, side tables and a shelving unit.
Several of the tables peel away from their metal frames at one end, sloping downwards to form a rounded storage container at floor level. Others have oversized bowls embedded in the middle of their tabletops.
Nendso says, “Part of the tabletop appears to melt away and form a container below, as if it were completely oblivious to the table’s frame structure. The enigmatic pieces of furniture achieve a fluid fusion of functionality serving to hold something either on top or within.”
The Japanese design studio has also created Okome for Alias, a modular sofa formed from a combination of 20 different types of units, each with rounded edges. The sofa has no frame, and instead the cushions sit flat on the floor, with edges curved gently inwards to avoid dirt from shoes. A small side table can be integrated into the piece.
The Flow collection and Okome sofa are two of several projects Nendo will present in Milan, where the studio has its own exhibition space at the Jil Sander showroom on Via Luca Beltrami.