Softer than Steel by Nendo for Desalto
Softer than Steel is the new collaboration between Nendo and italian brand Desalto. The result is a series of pieces that brings together Desalto’s famous mastery in the working of metals and Nendo minimal approach.
“Softer than steel” collection consists of three benches, a chair, a collection of small tables, a coat stand and a range of shelves.
Though made of metal, the furniture is designed to look as if it was flexible as though the hard material has become paper or cloth. A section of the bench has flipped up and turned into the backrest. Poles wrap around each other to become a coat stand. Th tabletop’s edges are bent to attach onto the frame like cloth draping over the frame’s edges, so that the tabletop can be picked up like a tray.
the addition of flipped, bent and wrapped details to metal sheets and rods, the ordinarily hard material gains new functionality and a light, flexible feel.
“A section of the bench has flipped up and turned into the backrest. Poles wrap around each other to become a coat stand. By adding flipped, bent and wrapped details to metal sheets and rods, the ordinarily hard metal gain new functionality and a light, flexible feel, as though the metal has become paper or cloth ” says Nendo’s Oki Sato.
Under the direction of architect Oki Sato, the group that gathers under the name Nendo has represented since 2002 a cultured and refined alternative to self-celebrative design. “Nendo” in Japanese means “clay” and their job, in the field of the interior architecture, of furniture and graphics is pliable and flexible as clay. Facing with personality and determination the challenges of contemporary designing, Nendo got in few years important international credits.