Blade is a minimalist collection designed by Tokyo-based studio Nendo. The collection consists of wooden furniture made of round section pieces that add softness to the space. The complicated connecting joints make visual noise, often not matching sharp looking environments constructed by flat surfaces and straight lines. On the other hand, wooden furniture made of square section pieces bear the risk of exuding its hardness and sharpness in addition to looking too heavy, although the connecting joints can be straightened neatly to attain higher compatibility with sharp environments.
The aim was to design a stacking chair that takes advantage of both characteristics. First, the frame was constructed with round section members. Then, the back and seat made of molded plywood were attached, and the edges of the legs and backrest were planed off linearly, resulting in a chair with partially squared off surfaces and ridgelines. The coexistence resulted in creating a balance between softness and tension, while the joints of each element remain simple. A table and a high stool are also available, and the collection was named “blade” from the state of only one side being sharply shaved off, as well as the silhouette of the backrest somewhat similar to a T-shaped razor.
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