nendo: ALCANTARA® non slip birdhouse at the MAXXI
nendo: ALCANTARA® non slip birdhouse at the MAXXI nendo: ALCANTARA® non slip birdhouse at the MAXXI
sep 26, 2011

nendo: ALCANTARA® non slip birdhouse at the MAXXI

‘non-slip birdhouse’ by nendo all photos by hiroshi iwasaki




ALCANTARA®‘s ‘can you imagine’ exhibition at the MAXXI in rome, invited ten designers to create new works using their suede-like artificial leather. japanese designer nendo was one of the selected for which he created the ‘non-slip birdhouse’.

nendo ALCANTARA birdhouse MAXXI designboom profile view




for the development of his project, nendo investigated ALCANTARA® ®’s many material qualities, particularly its suede-like texture which offers a non-slip surface. with this in mind, nendo decided to create a series of birdhouses that take advantage of this characteristic, finishing both the houses and a slanting wall in the hi-tech material. the special finish allows the birdhouses to stay on the wall through friction alone, without the use of any glue or screws, demonstrating the charm of ALCANTARA®.


the ‘can you imagine’ exhibition runs from october 6th through november 7th at the MAXXI.


see designboom’s article ‘ALCANTARA® is not a fabric…‘.

nendo ALCANTARA birdhouse MAXXI designboom nendo developed both the birdhouses and the slanting wall for which they are displayed in ALCANTARA®

because of ALCANTARA®’s characteristic non-slip surface, the birdhouses remain attached to the wall solely by means of friction

full view

cut outs of the birdhouses before assembly

concept sketch

concept sketch


  • Entirely useless but perfectly cool all the same…

    al. says:
  • nice…loved it 🙂

    nishant jethi says:

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