Cord chair by Nendo 17.12.09

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Nendo has presented four new pieces at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Following a run of designs by the Japanese design studio that combine pure forms with a playful approach to process, this collection sets out to deceive the viewer a little.

The wooden Cord chair, for instance, looks much too fragile to support anyone's weight. Its legs are only 15mm wide, but they're reinforced with a 9mm steel frame. The wood casing around this frame is only 3mm thick, and must be hand-carved by artisans. The name comes from the similarity with plastic-covered electrical cord. The other projects include the Ghost Wave vase, the Fadeout chair and the Blown colour series.

The exhibition, dubbed Ghost Stories, is the second in the museum's MADProjects series. It will no doubt be a welcome change from the Karim Rashid radiators currently on show.

 

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Anna Bates

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Its legs are only 15mm wide, but they're reinforced with a 9mm steel frame

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