For the occasion of the annual Collective Design Fair in New York City, Japanese studio nendo has conceived a furniture collection and a spatial presentation for the entrance of the main exhibition hall. The Trace Collection refers to movements of objects seen in our daily activities including furniture, doors and windows.

“Within the space where we live there are items that ‘move’”explains Oki Sato. “Although they may not be visible, we are subconsciously aware of the ‘traces’ of their movements every day.For example, because of that, we do not put a vase in front of a door.”


“It is essential for a person who specializes in space design to be even more aware of this, as they have to portray these ‘traces’ onto drawings,” adds nendo. “In the same manner, by visualizing such ‘traces’ in space, the various movement of a door attached to a simple cabinet was implied.”

With this idea in mind, nendo has realized a series of furniture with a black frame that highlights the many possibilities of shutting, sliding and pulling actions there can be.
The collection, that includes also lighting pieces, features a reception counter that indicates the “trace” of a door opening was shown like a frame-by frame advance feature. “A new relationship between items and human beings is being pursued through the visualization of the numerous ‘traces’ that we feel within our everyday lives,” concludes Oki Sato.

The new Trace Furniture Collection will be on display from may 4th-8th at Collective Design, Skylight Clarkson Sq. New York.


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