Fadeout by Nendo
Another of Nendo‘s finest and not yet covered on the blog is the Fadeout chair with legs that appear to be fading away.
Such effect is made possible with the use of two types of material and the help of clever painting technique: while the chair’s back and seat are wooden, the legs are clear acrylic and specially painted by craftsmen so that the wood grain appears to gradually fade away until it’s gone completely.
From the designers:
Usually, our perception of furniture is strongly affected by the space around it. The fade-out chair turns this relationship on its head: we can change the look and feel of a space simply by placing the chair in it.
This Transparent Chair by Nendo is made with highly elastic polyurethane film that is commonly used as a packing material for products sensitive to vibrations. Thanks to the film’s ability to return to its original form, the chair conforms to the body’s shape and “wraps and supports the body like a hammock, providing a light, floating feeling for the sitter.”
Photos by Masayuki Hayashi
Wire Chair by Nendo
The next generation of the ‘cord chair’, with its 15mm diameter legs of stainless steel clad in a hyper-thin wood skin. The wooden skin has been stripped away and the diameter of the steel rods increased from 9 to 12mm, giving them the strength to support the chair independently of the wood. Multiple layers of powder coating and hand polishing give the chair a rare lustrous finish, reminiscent of traditional Japanese lacquerware. The new finish also heightens the chair’s flexibility of use: the resulting durability and water resistance of the finish allow the wire chair to be used outdoors, and the colour selected. These modifications bring fresh charm to an already innovative chair.
sorry for the early lookers: I pushed the publish button a bit too early