nendo: cord chair for maruni 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

  • because it’s so slim, you can’t even see it’s wood.. that’s a pitty… I don’t see the advantage. But nice design.

    gustyn says:
  • how sturdy

    qubus says:
  • Beautyfull, elegant.

    brandao says:
  • I don’t want to sit on this, where is the pleasure, the comfort.

    Ricardo says:
  • it depends on the material of floor isn’t it?

    kntr says:
  • Gorgeous.

    everyonesa says:
  • anorexia chair

    jaapie says:
  • So nice ~ i love it~

    robo says:
  • this is beautiful! i would like 8 please 🙂

    b says:
  • It is beautiful but it will feel uncomfortable to sit on. It looks so fragile, you will doubt if it holds you. Often the most important part of design is forgotten: design communicates.

    MJW says:
  • There are so few wood chairs that are this sleek and modern…brilliant solution to add the steel for support

    Laura says:

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