The small things from childhood that we forget easily – like your granddad ruffling your hair or your favourite cup to drink out of – are what Japanese studio Nendo want us to cling on to and they’re realising this themselves through collecting the everyday into concrete, easily understood design. This year alone they’ve produced a huge amount of compact projects of joy that are both playful but well-executed.
Take their Lacquered Paper-Objects for instance, that uses a 3D printer to cut, stack and paste sheets of paper together one by one, with each ornamental pot being finished with lacquer creating this unusual woodgrain effect. Another project we enjoyed is Cupnoodle Forms made for the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum as souvenirs, where we see small changes or ‘incidents’ occur to the original noodle packaging that create a fun, experimental series of ceramic vessels that capture the ethics of the company perfectly.
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- Folch designs a typeface embodying the “energetic universe” of acid house
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- The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 makes a statement about peace and communication
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