nendo: transparent chair
apr 11, 2011
nendo: transparent chair


‘transparent chair’ is made from a steel structure wrapped in polyurethane plastic.
images © masayuki hayashi

japanese design studio nendo‘s transparent chair appears as only backrest and arm rests but is
a fully functioning chair wrapped in polyurethane film. a transparent material that is commonly used
as a packing material for precision instruments and products susceptible to vibrations and shock.
nendo was able to use this material in a chair due to its high elasticity and ability to return to its original state.

the ‘transparent chair’ along with their ‘transparent textures‘ series are on display in milan design week 2011
at galleria jannone. nendo’s ‘bamboo-steel chair‘ is also being presented as a part of the ‘yii’ exhibition at
la triennale di milano.


side view, seemingly invisible except for reflections of light
images © masayuki hayashi


side detail of construction
images © masayuki hayashi

focused on giving people a ‘!’ moment, the work of nendo continues to invite the viewer into their
creations for something a little unexpected and pleasant. the plastic chair seems to invisibly support
one’s weight and form into a hammock while one’s body seems to float in space to other viewers.


angled view of construction
images © masayuki hayashi


side view with sitter
images © masayuki hayashi


view of the sitter seaming to float
images © masayuki hayashi


view of back
images © masayuki hayashi

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