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Nendo’s new Fusion collection for BoConcept

June 2, 2014

Designed for Danish furniture maker BoConcept, ‘Fusion’ by Nendo is a thirteen-piece collection of furniture and homewares inspired by the traditional Japanese art of origami.

Designed for Danish furniture maker BoConcept, ‘Fusion’ by Nendo is a thirteen-piece collection of furniture and housewares. Drawing inspiration from origami – the traditional Japanese art of bending a two-dimensional sheet of paper to make a three-dimensional object, the design team has created a collection that fuses Japanese design with Danish manufacturing.

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As a way to mix two and three dimensions into a new form, the designers transferred origami folds onto the exterior surface of a set of cups as a pattern, and drew the origami animals that result from each set of folds inside the mug.

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Squirrels and penguins appear as people drink, translating abstract fold patterns into recognisable form. The same designs were applied to plates, trays, cushions and carpets.

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The sofa is composed of four freely arrangeable, differently-sized cushions on a daybed, offering users many different postures for sitting, and the armchair suggests a single surface folded into three-dimensional form. Both link back to the origami process of turning a continuous surface into variable form, and are attempts at fusing the concepts of complete and incomplete.

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Other products in the collection include a wall clock with scissors, a fusion of eyewear and tables that change shape freely, a hat and bird-shaped ornament that is very convenient for hiding small things and a reversible candleholder for tea lights and candles.

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A slight differential between shelves and backs allows two types of shelving to easily sit alongside each other, creating random patterns.

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Storage crates, a lap throw and cushions are finished with a Japanese-style pattern that recalls traditional Japanese embroidery. Nendo has attempted a fusion of differing scales and conflicting colours by varying the size of the pattern and reversing the colour scheme on opposite sides.

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