Nendo: Repair-Inspired Design
The unique tableware is created by precision-cutting plates in three neutral shades, and then rearranging the pieces to form geometric designs. The ceramics are cut with a water jet to ensure a clean edge, before being sandblasted and pieced back together using a glue lacquer.
Traditionally, kintsugi ceramics feature gold lacquer to highlight the beauty of preservation and repair. Nendo takes a temporary take on the technique by using black lacquer to provide a strong contrast to the soft, matt tones of the ceramics.
As highlighted by last year's exhibition The Department of Repair, the notion of repair is a continual source of interest and inspiration for designers. Brands are also beginning to find value in repair through strategies that enhance product lifespans and appeal to ethically minded consumers – see Adding Value: Long-Lasting Products for further insight.