nendo: cord chair for maruni
oct 22, 2009
nendo: cord chair for maruni

the cord chair is a result of a collaboration between nendo and maruni.
made from hard maple and steel, the aim was to show off the flawlessness of the wood material,
instead of exposing the chair’s underlying metal frame. to achieve this they decided to
hollow out each piece of wood to clad the steel structure.

nendo’s design is derived from their exploration of the relationship between materials like
metal wiring within an electrical cord and the rubber that encases it. each of the chair’s parts
is carved from wood and left in its most natural state. the ‘lightness’ of the chair is expressed
through its thin structure. the legs are only 15 mm in diameter with the main steel frame 9 mm.
since each part is only 3 mm wide, the chair can only be constructed by hand.

displaying the strength of the chair
images courtesy of yoneo kawabe

details of the chair
images courtesy of yoneo kawabe

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