Japanese studio nendo has conceived a kitchenware collection focusing on different lid designs in collaboration with air conditioning equipment manufacturer Daikin.
Daikin produces fluoroelastomer which is made from the same raw material that makes substances used in its air conditioning systems. Fluoroelastomer is a high- performance rubber which is commonly used in the automotive industry. This material has outstanding heat, oil and acid resistance and excels in preventing changes in color and shape over a long period of time.
This fluoroelastomer, which is made from the same raw materials that assist in supplying pleasant air to people, has a silkier touch than regular silicone rubber, mimicking the same “airy” quality as if directly touching something materialized from the air itself, which normally cannot be touched. In order to best express the material’s characteristics and properties, a variety of functional kitchenware lids were designed each showcasing different possibilities.
“These lid designs aim to symbolize ‘something’ between human and an object and to convey the abstract feeling of air to be a bit more tangible, which in reality we cannot really ‘sense'”, explains the studio.
The kitchenware collection will be unveiled during this year’s Milan Design Week at Tortona district.