At Thisispaper, we truly appreciate nendo’s approach to design and it is always a pleasure to feature their
work. This time, we would like to present project titled Bouncy Layers.
Bouncy Layers is a series of upholstered sofas and lounge chairs, all held in minimal and clean aesthetics of nendo. It was designed for the exhibition named Home Living Boundless Design, hosted by KUKA, a furniture company based in Hangzhou, China. The theme, given by KUKA, was to explore the intelligence and look beyond the term itself. “These made us focus on an intrinsic value of softness, and decide to take a different approach in expressing soft, comfortable furniture,” explained the starting point of the design process the team of nendo.
Rather than using standard padding materials, such as urethane foam, cotton, plumage or springs, the designers used 1.5mm thick polycarbonate sheets, whose softness can be changed through lamination and how it is bent. Paired with frames, nendo bent the polycarbonate sheets in various ways, layered to increase or decrease the softness. While what is considered soft for furniture is not essentially visible we attempted to take it out and make it visually apparent, in doing so we hope to inspire a conscious perception of this in people’s minds and intelligence,” added the designers.