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Nendo Chairs

Japanese

Some pieces of contemporary furniture try to command attention with statement-making forms, while others aim to seduce with pared-down, meticulously detailed perfection. Nendo is remarkable in its ability to blend these two seemingly disparate qualities in objects that are simultaneously provocative and beautiful in their simplicity. And this ability has made the Tokyo- and Milan-based studio one of the most sought-after design firms of the moment.

Nendo is best known for its expansive portfolio of furniture and accessories designed for such luxury makers as Baccarat, Bisazza, Boffi, Cappellini, De Padova, Emeco, FLOS, Foscarini, Fritz Hansen, Kartell, Lasvit, Louis Poulsen, Moroso and Swarovski, as well as for the one-off and limited-edition pieces presented by galleries like New York’s Friedman Benda. But its range is much broader.

Nendo’s full oeuvre runs the gamut from product packaging for such brands as Coca-Cola and Kenzo to large-scale urban-planning and architecture projects, including Tenri Station Plaza CoFuFun, which populated the space in front of a Japanese rail terminal with a series of conical pavilions, turning it into a sort of urban playground for people of all ages.

Whatever the undertaking, the studio’s approach remains the same: embodying lighthearted insights into the human experience in minimalist forms and details. Nendo’s Gaku collection, for the legendary lighting company FLOS, for instance, is based on a simple cup-shaped lamp in a square frame, which can be personalized and changed over time by adding magnetic accessories, including a bookend, mirror, vase and bowl, making it almost as playful as a grown-up dollhouse.

The now iconic Cabbage chair, Nendo’s most recognizable design, offers a whimsical way to deal with trash from the fashion industry. A fat roll of discarded paper used in the production of Issey Miyake’s pleated fabric is simply cut down the middle and its individual layers peeled open to create a seat.

It wasn’t always evident that chief designer and Nendo cofounder Oki Sato would spend his life finding subtle surprises in tables, floor lamps and chairs. He was born in Toronto, where his father worked for Pioneer Electronics, and moved with his family to Tokyo when he was 11. He studied architecture at Waseda University but found the program a little too narrow and rigid for his liking.

After graduating, in 2002, he traveled with friends to the Salone del Mobile in Milan and stumbled into the biggest aha moment of his life: He realized that architects could do more than design buildings — they could also design furniture, lighting and other objects. And the architects at the fair appeared to be enjoying plenty of creative freedom while doing so.

Upon returning to Tokyo, he founded Nendo, whose name means “flexible clay” in Japanese, with his classmate Akihiro Ito, the firm’s managing director. In 2005, they established a second office, in Milan. Within a few years, Nendo had become an omnipresent name at the fair that had inspired them.

Nendo’s wares have been acquired by such institutions as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; London’s Victoria and Albert; and Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Centre Pompidou.

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Creator: Nendo
MELT CHAIR by Nendo for Wonderglass
By Nendo, WonderGlass
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Melt is a collaboration with Japanese design studio, nendo, inspired by the flexibility of molten glass and the force of gravity. The creation of Melt was a unique and complex production. After watching the craftsmen working in WonderGlass’s workshops, Oki Sato from nendo intended to let the material guide the design process. As a result, a method of laying hot glass sheets over steel shapes and suspending them between steel bars was developed, allowing the material’s natural drape to reveal its form. Melt Edition includes Melt Armchair, Melt Bench, Melt Stool, Melt Chair...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Nendo Chairs

Materials

Glass

Gervasoni Kasane 19 Pouf by Nendo
By Gervasoni, Nendo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Literally “overlapping”, Kasane is the latest collection designed by the Japanese studio, Nendo. Thanks to a play on the weaving and overlapping of different elements, each product becomes a sculpture. Inspired by the way in which the cups, stacked one on top of the other, become gradually taller, the collection of poufs and tables...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Nendo Chairs

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Foam

Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in White Upholstery and Black Lacquered Steel Frame
By Alias, Nendo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in White Upholstery and Black Lacquered Steel Frame by Nendo Chair with structure in lacquered steel; back in solid lacquered plastic material; seat i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Nendo Chairs

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Steel

Alias 10C Twig 4 Chair in Ash Black Stained Seat with Black Lacquered Frame
By Nendo, Alias
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Alias 10C Twig 4 Chair in Ash Black Stained Seat with Black Lacquered Frame by Nendo Chair with backrest and seat in lacquered solid ash black (V140) coloured stains; legs in alu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Nendo Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in Sand Colored Seat and Lacquered Steel Frame
By Nendo, Alias
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in Sand Colored Seat and Lacquered Steel Frame by Nendo Chair with structure in lacquered steel; back in solid lacquered plastic material; seat in sol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Nendo Chairs

Materials

Steel

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Natural Aluminum w/ Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in Graphite Grey Seat and Lacquered Steel Frame
By Alias, Nendo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in Graphite Grey Seat and Lacquered Steel Frame by Nendo Chair with structure in lacquered steel; back in solid lacquered plastic material; seat in so...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Nendo Chairs

Materials

Steel

Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in Brown Upholstery and Black Lacquered Steel Frame
By Alias, Nendo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Alias 10E Twig Comfort Chair in Brown Upholstery and Black Lacquered Steel Frame by Nendo Chair with structure in lacquered steel; back in solid lacquered plastic material; seat i...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Nendo Chairs

Materials

Steel

Nendo Low Ribbon Stool in Anthracite Metal with Matte Lacquer Finish, Cappellini
By Cappellini, Nendo
Located in New York, NY
Continuously flowing ribbons of laser-cut metal compose the Ribbon stool by Nendo, the team of designers headed by architect Oki Sato. A recipient of the Red Dot Award, if Products D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Nendo Chairs

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Metal

Nando Chair Model N01
By Fritz Hansen, Nendo
Located in Berkeley, CA
Created by the merging of Danish and Japanese aesthetics and purity, N01 brings back nature and embraces today’s modern life. A life where the dining room is not only a place to enjo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Nendo Chairs

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Oak

Nando Chair Model N02-30 Recycle
By Nendo, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
N02 Recycle is a strong, stackable chair by Japanese studio nendo inspired by a simple crease of paper on the designer’s work table. The chair’s elegant shell is circular plastic, me...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Nendo Low Ribbon Stools in Sheet Metal with Matte Lacquer Finish for Cappellini
By Cappellini, Nendo
Located in New York, NY
Continuously flowing ribbons of laser-cut metal compose the Ribbon stool by Nendo, the team of designers headed by architect Oki Sato. A recipient of the Red Dot Award, if Products D...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Metal

Nando Chair Model N02-11 Recycle
By Nendo, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
N02 Recycle is a strong, stackable chair by Japanese studio nendo inspired by a simple crease of paper on the designer’s work table. The chair’s elegant shell is circular plastic, me...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Nando Chair Model N02-10 Recycle
By Nendo, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
N02 Recycle is a strong, stackable chair by Japanese studio nendo inspired by a simple crease of paper on the designer’s work table. The chair’s elegant shell is circular plastic, me...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Nando Chair Model N02-20 Recycle
By Nendo, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
N02 Recycle is a strong, stackable chair by Japanese studio nendo inspired by a simple crease of paper on the designer’s work table. The chair’s elegant shell is circular plastic, me...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Nando Chair Model N02-31 Recycle
By Nendo, Fritz Hansen
Located in Berkeley, CA
N02 Recycle is a strong, stackable chair by Japanese studio nendo inspired by a simple crease of paper on the designer’s work table. The chair’s elegant shell is circular plastic, me...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

GAN Aram High Stool in Red and Orange by Nendo
By GAN Rugs, Nendo
Located in New York, NY
Nendo offers us its delicate, essential design. A very practical collection of multipurpose tables and stools you will never tire of looking at.?Thi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

GAN Aram Low Stool in Red and Orange by Nendo
By GAN Rugs, Nendo
Located in New York, NY
Nendo offers us its delicate, essential design. A very practical collection of multipurpose tables and stools you will never tire of looking at.?Thi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Emeco Su Small Stool in Natural Aluminum w/ Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Su Barstool in Black Aluminum with Cork Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — t...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Barstool in Black Aluminum with Eco-Concrete Seatby Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘, meaning plain or unadorned, the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Small Stool in Natural Aluminum w/ Charcoal Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Black Aluminum with Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Black Aluminum with Eco Concrete Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘, meaning plain or unadorned, the idea that simplicity is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Black Aluminum w/ Cork Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Small Stool in Natural Aluminum w/ Cork Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco Su Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Small Stool in Black Aluminum with Eco Concrete Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Small Stool in Wood w/ Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Emeco Su Barstool in Wood with Eco-Concrete Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘, meaning plain or unadorned, the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Small Stool in Black Aluminum with Cork Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Small Stool in Wood with Eco Concrete Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘, meaning plain or unadorned, the idea that simplicity is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Small Stool in Natural Aluminum w/ Eco Concrete Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘, meaning plain or unadorned, the idea that simplicity is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Natural Aluminum with Cork Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Barstool in Wood w/ Cork Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — t...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Wood w/ Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Wood with Eco Concrete Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘, meaning plain or unadorned, the idea that simplicity is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Small Stool in Black Aluminum w/ Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Emeco Su Barstool in Natural Aluminum with Cork Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the IDEA that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Wood with Cork Seat by Nendo
By Emeco, Nendo
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Cork

Emeco Su Counter Stool in Natural Aluminum with Eco Concrete Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘, meaning plain or unadorned, the idea that simplicity is...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Concrete

Emeco Su Barstool in Wood w/ Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Emeco Su Barstool in Black Aluminum w/ Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU Collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Emeco Su Barstool in Natural Aluminum with Reclaimed Oak Seat by Nendo
By Nendo, Emeco
Located in Hanover, PA
With the invisible values of design, engineering and strength, the Emeco SU collection follows the Japanese aesthetic of ‘su‘ — meaning plain or unadorned — the idea that simplicity ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Nendo Chairs

Materials

Oak

Nendo chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Nendo chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Nendo chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Nendo were created in the modern style in united states during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Stephen Kenn, The Tailored Home, and Jhon Ortiz. Prices for Nendo chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $408 and can go as high as $3,675, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,023.

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