FRITZ HANSEN x NENDO - DESIGN EXHIBITION
INTRODUCING NEW COLLABORATION WITH NENDO
"IF YOU SIT ON IT, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THIS IS A FRITZ HANSEN CHAIR. IF YOU LIVE WITH IT, YOU WILL REALIZE THAT THIS IS PURE JAPANESE DESIGN"
- Oki Sato -
We introduce a new wooden chair for the modern home and quality-conscious audience - the N01™ chair designed by the Japanese design studio Nendo. Created by the merging of Danish and Japanese aesthetics and purity, N01 brings back nature and embraces today's modern life. A life where the dining room is not only a place to enjoy a meal but also a place to be productive, a place for conversation and a place to relax after a busy workday or just everyday life.
JAPANESE PURITY AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Whilst the N01™ chair is an honest design, its meticulous attention to detail is at times hidden in the complex, well-crafted construction. The meeting between the shell and the armrests is a tale in itself. To express a pure and discrete appearance the joint sections are designed to look as if they are touching each other as little as possible. At the same time, the skeleton of the chair shows immense strength and makes the design suitable for heavy use and last for generations.
Visually, N01 is a geometric playground. Whilst all vertical lines are conic - thicker in the middle than at the ends - every horizontal line on the chair is straight. The versatile use of different geometric shapes adds vividness to the design. It furthermore highlights the complexity surrounding this chair and the uncompromising process of drawing, designing and crafting it. The mix of solid wood and veneer is found among this complexity.
OKI SATO, FOUNDER OF NENDO STUDIO
His design philosophy not only with the N01™ chair but through graphics, art installations and architecture.
He was born in Toronto, Canada in 1977 and later moved to Tokyo, where he took a M.A. in Architecture at Waseda University. In 2002, he founded the Nendo studio. Today Nendo have their name on both architectural projects as well as grand furniture designs worldwide. Nendo's philosophy states that, in the same way that life is full of little "!" moments - or moments of surprise and richness - so are their designs.
"Nendo" means 'modelling clay' in Japanese - a term perfectly suited to the studio’s sculptural approach to design no matter the material. For their work, Nendo has been awarded with Dezeen, Wallpaper and Red Rot Design Awards among many more throughout the studio's lifetime.