Picto By Nendo


image ©Akihiro Yoshida


Japanese studio Nendo have created a collection of functionalist minimalist furniture and accessory designs for Chinese lifestyle brand, Zens. ‘Picto’; a furniture collection consisting of a stool, a side table, a shelf and a storage unit. Each piece has a triangular base while the tops vary depending on function; from cuboid and cylindrical tops used as shelves, to a linear top for a table and a curved edged top, which acts as a seat. The inspiration behind ‘Picto’ stems from Kanji – the Chinese characters, where one word holds a multitude of meanings. Kanji is reflected through the rearranging of three-dimensional shapes to form a variety of furniture pieces and through the simple silhouette of the furniture designs, which project a strong graphic expression similar to that of the Chinese alphabet.