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Nendo’s All-in-One Office Insallation

Stripping office furniture back to the basics, Nendo launch an installation for Kokuyo, “shelf + desk + chair = office”.

Nendo’s All-in-One Office Insallation


October 15th, 2014



The shelf + desk + chair = office, at Orgatec, Cologne, respond to our changing and diverse demands for office space. Whereas “office furniture has not changed along with these demands and remains oddly standardised, Nendo’s installation returns to the fundamental principles of the office and asks what, ultimately, an office is – capturing the spirit of Kokuyo Furniture at the same time.

“For Orgatec 2014, we didn’t want Kokuyo’s exhibition to consist of nothing more than product explanations. We broke the office down into its smallest components – desks, chairs and shelving – then put it back together again, creating new relationships between the component items to explore the possibilities of future office space.

Instead of opting for the usual smooth, glossy office furniture finish, we used a varied matte finish and carried the muted black through the entire colour scheme. Combined with Kokuyo’s newest chair, the Inspine, the rough, primitive design shelving and table created an arresting contrast.”



Removing some of the shelves turns part of the shelving unit into a desk. Exploring the boundary between horizontal surfaces intended for storage, and those intended for work.


Desks and floorspace appear when the shelves are scattered right and left. An experiment in transforming shelving’s vertical levels into office three-dimensionality.


Shelves and desks mingle, and space appears inside by cutting out their overlaps. Searching for a new way of gathering together and a new spatial relationship with desks, in which we’re enclosed by our desk, rather than sit facing it.


Resting and waiting functions appear when office chairs are partially absorbed into the shelf. A consideration of the boundary between ‘on-‘ (office) and ‘off-duty’ (lobby and amenity) furniture.


Some of the shelves become a staircase. Sitting on them transforms them into benches, and when accessed from behind they’re a closed desk. A thought experiment into the relationship between dynamic and static space, and the different functions of front and back.



Photography by Hiroshi Iwasaki




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