London Layout Festival 2015: Japanese studio Nendo has designed a sliding shelving unit strengthened with carbon-fibre sheets, which will debut at London’s Somerset House subsequent week .

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Nendo’s Nest shelves have the ability to double in width, enabling the consumer to choose the acceptable size for their accessible space.

The studio, led by designer Oki Sato, described the item as: “A shelf that, from within, a second shelf of the same size seemingly grows outward.”

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Vertical partitions are produced from three.seven-millimetre carbon fibre, while horizontal aspects comprise a honeycomb material created from synthetic fibres that is sandwiched among carbon-fibre layers. All the surfaces are covered in a wooden larch veneer.

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Carbon fibre is getting to be an more and more popular materials for furniture design and style, due to its light excess weight relative to its higher strength. Designers like Kris Lamba, Thomas Feichtner and Michael Sodeau have all just lately employed carbon fibre to create sculptural chairs.


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In the Nest shelves, the thinner expandable portion is hidden within the outer shelving layer, and assembled in a way that makes it possible for it to simply slide out when pulled.

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Extending the unit will take it from 650 millimetres to one,300 millimetres, revealing extra compartments for storing things.

“Extending the shelf halfway creates a grid shelf-design layout with rows of square shelves,” mentioned Nendo, which is one particular of the world’s most prolific layout studios. In an interview earlier this 12 months, Sato advised Dezeen that working on as several as 400 projects at when “relaxes” him.

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Current projects by the Tokyo-primarily based workplace include chairs with interchangeable wooden tops and a library-like interior for a cosmetics retailer.

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Nendo will existing the shelving at Somerset House as part of the 10 Designers in the West Wing exhibition, which will take spot from 21 to 27 September 2015 for the duration of this year’s London Design Festival.


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The exhibition will also showcase modular lighting designs by Luca Nichetto for Hem and a mobile mobile phone by Jasper Morrison for Punkt.

Nest-Shelf_Nendo_dezeen_468_0 The horizontal factors comprise a honeycomb materials made from synthetic aramid fibres that is sandwiched amongst carbon-fibre layers

Check out out Dezeen’s manual to the need to-see exhibitions and installations all around the city throughout the festival, which kicks off on 19 September.

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