Splinter Collection by Nendo for Conde House
Nendo has designed the Splinter collection for Conde House. It includes a chair, coat stand, side table and two mirrors. All pieces were made to look like they’re peeled away from wooden stems.
This collaboration between Nendo and Conde House, a manufacturer based in Japan’s famous Asahikawa wooden furniture region , resulted in the Splinter collection; a chair, side table, mirror, coat stand and hanger whose parts ‘peel away’ from one another in order to establish the functional and ergonomic qualities of the designs.
“We splintered each piece of wood as though peeling it away … We kept larger pieces of wood at their original thickness to provide strength where necessary, and used thin pieces of wood that had splintered off for more delicate parts. We approached the wood gently, going with the grain so that the wood would retain its original pliancy,” says Nendo.
So the backrests of the chairs divide becoming arm rests and legs; the top of the coat rack separates itself from the main body to offer hanging hooks; the side table’s stand is a splintered base of three structural legs, all in an attempt to retain the original pliancy of the wood.
Conde House was created in 1968 by Minoru Nagahara on Hokkaido, the most northern island of Japan. Its roots are the exceptional craftsmen tradition of Hokkaido which has been combined with the inspiration Minoru Nagahara got during a three-year work and study trip to Germany and Scandinavia in the sixties.
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