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Watercolour collection // nendo for Friedman Benda


Nendo created an eighteen-piece metal furniture collection inspired by the effects of watercolour paint on a paper surface for the New York gallery Friedman Benda, launching today June 12th at Design Miami/Basel.

To express the idea of paper, the objects are designed to look as though they were cut and folded by hand. In order to create a foundation that resembles paper and to easily blur the ink paint on the objects, the metal frames and surfaces, which are the substrate materials, were repeatedly and thoroughly sanded, applied with primer and finished with matte white paint.

To create beautiful colour bleeds as if soaked in the furniture with perfect blurring expressions, all painting was done by hand, section by section, tapping the paint gently with soft pulp paper. This meticulous colouring process was created with a mix of two tones of aqueous inks which takes time to dry, and the objects are finished with a protective clear matte layer that further accentuates their flat paper-like appearance.

All pics © nendo, photographer : Akihiro Yoshida


// In occasione del prossimo Design Miami/Basel, la galleria newyorkese Friedman Benda presenterà una nuova collezione creata da Nendo. Otto pezzi d’arredo in metallo ispirati dagli effetti della pittura ad acquerello su una superficie di carta. 

Per rendere l’idea del materiale cartaceo, gli oggetti sono disegnati come fossero tagliati e piegati a mano. Per far sì che il metallo prendesse le sembianze della carta e per sfumare facilmente l’inchiostro sui diversi arredi, le superfici e le cornici, in substrato, sono state ripetutamente e meticolosamente sabbiate, applicando un primer e finite con una pittura matte bianca. 

La verniciatura è stata tutta realizzata a mano, sezione per sezione, tamponando la pittura delicatamente con morbida polpa di cellulosa. Questo processo di colorazione è stato creato mixando due inchiostri ad acqua che necessitano di diverso tempo per asciugare, e poi finito con uno strato protettivo trasparente e opaco che accentua maggiormente le sembianze della carta. 


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