Internationally awarded Japanese design studio Nendo introduced a unique project Tokyo Tribal, designed to promote Asian design manufacturing industry.
Twenty two-pieces collection, including stools, chairs, tables and shelves, aims to connect craftsmanship and industry and was first introduced during Maison&Objet Asia. Modernity and contemporary way of living were the key inspirations of the project and affected the size and mobility of the items. Material-wise the designers applied rattan and solid oak combined with volcanic sand plaster for the top board finishes. The materials create visually appealing matches and bring additional constructional benefits.
For instance, beautifully exposed bamboo elements crafted by local artisans play an important structural role as a back-support because of its flexibility. Nendo designers have a great eye for unusual and witty design details - for example, the legs of the table are going into a kind of rattan bowl, or the coffee table is hidden in another piece.
The power of this collection lies in it’s diversity and large amount of pieces. Tokyo Tribal enriches inner space much more than typical household furniture. Exquisite shapes and forms can be mixed and matched in a unique individual way. As the designers sum it up : “in allowing for these various products and materials to converge and function together, the conceptual aim is to create a sense of a small and tightly-knit ‘tribe’, greater and better than the sum of its parts.”