Maison&Objet 2015: Japanese studio Nendo has surrounded a lounge region with a cascade of 2,000 chocolate-coloured pipes for an installation at this year’s Maison&Objet trade fair .
Awarded this year’s Designer of the Year title by Maison&Objet, Nendo was asked to develop a lounge area at the Paris event.
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The studio’s Chocolatexture Lounge is surrounded by a grid of thin sticks that seem to have been dipped in chocolate.
A brown gradient is added to the best and the centre of the otherwise white aluminium poles, which differ in height to create the impression of “a rippling big molten chocolate wave”.
The pipes encircle a 3-sided white booth, designed as a place to loosen up at Maison&Objet as effectively as someplace to present the studio’s range of cube-shaped chocolates designed for the occasion, which concludes right now.
“The Chocolatexture Lounge is neither a cafe, nor an exhibition, nor an installation, but a spot to expertise and enjoy Nendo via the 5 senses,” mentioned the studio.
Some of the Tokyo-primarily based studio’s most-recognisable furniture styles – selected for their “soft melting feel” – have been recreated in custom brown editions.
These include pieces such as the folded metal furnishings for Desalto, the glass tables patterned with brush strokes for Glas Italia, and other individuals for Emeco, Offecct and Moroso.
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Sets of nine chocolates – produced for the occasion by Nendo in unusual shapes to slightly alter the taste – are displayed in a glass vitrine and on sale as a restricted edition of 400.
A small espresso machine is positioned beside the counter, providing coffee for those who purchase the confectionary.
The installation is positioned in Hall eight of the Parc d’Expositions at Nord Villepinte, north-east Paris.
Founded by designer Oki Sato, Nendo has been a single of the most prolific studios this previous year, releasing products that ranged from shoes and umbrellas to lighting and modular workplace furnishings.