Mar 18, 2016

NENDO - 50 manga chairs @ Milan Design Fair


Nendo will present “50 manga chairs” a new installation for Friedman Benda during Milan Design Fair 2016 Manga is a means of expression with a high degree of flatness and abstraction, and which is composed of a series of lines.
We could say that manga comics are deeply rooted in Japanese culture, since they can be traced back to Ukiyoe prints developed during the Edo period (1603-1868 A.D.).
This installation of 50 manga chairs is the result of adapting the strong symbolic nature of manga comics to furniture design.
Manga consist of a series of frames on a single sheet of paper that creates a sequence. Similarly, 50 standard chairs are lined up in a grid, each one conjures up a sense of story, and each with a design element from manga. For example, a “speech bubble” or “effect line” are added to visualize sound or action. Or emotional symbols from manga, like “sweat” or “tears”, are formed so that a sense of story and character can be felt.
With the abstraction of manga comics in mind, physical aspects such as colour and texture are intentionally avoided as much as possible.
Instead, a complete mirror finish is opted for, which generates new spatial layers as the mirror surface reflects the real world, just like manga does. Photo by Kenichi Sonehara



Feb 28, 2016



F703 SENNHEISER × FREITAG headphones. Lennon × McCartney, Run-DMC × Aerosmith or Gallagher × Gallagher: put 'em together and you have all you need to transform a nice-enough duet into a dynamic duo. Having too much in common sometimes leads to predictably boring partnerships: the magic of real, fruitful cooperation arises out of opposites. In the case of SENNHEISER × FREITAG, traditional German engineering meets Swiss recycling design head on. And the result is more than perfect-sounding SENNHEISER headphones with a colorful piece of truck tarps in a FREITAG case. F703 SENNHEISER x FREITAG is High Fidelity × High Individuality: the world's first unique headset.

Available in a limited edition of just 1500, the individual downtown headphones come in a case made from the same truck tarp and are available from February 26 at FREITAG Stores and on



Jan 31, 2016

Hermés - carnets d' équateur porcelain collection


To discover the Carnets d’Equateur porcelain service is to return to the beginning of life on Earth and to name each of the wild creatures fervently depicted by Robert Dallet.

“Nature is so beautiful that adding to it serves no purpose.” Robert Dallet (1923 - 2006)

There are the well-known – the jaguar, lion, tiger, elephant and toucan – alongside the rare – the mazama, capuchin monkey and woolly monkey. Life is at once teeming and peaceful, the essence of an earthly paradise.

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