Saint-Etienne Design Biennale: Colored-Pencil Tables by Nendo

Presented at the Saint-Etienne Design Biennial in France, these beautiful, pastel tables by Nendo are decorated and marked using colored pencils.

The process involves using a Japanese technique called Udukuri, in which the soft parts of Cyprus wood are gently carved to reveal its natural grain. Nendo have then laid sheets of light paper over the wood, before delicately tracing the wood’s natural lines and texture using colored pencils.

“This created a tantalizing juxtaposition between the familiar proportions of wood and the finish of the paper. Ultimately, the project gave us a glimpse of the future of furniture, through the manipulation of surface texture,” explained Nendo to Dezeen, recently.

The Saint-Etienne Design Biennial will run until March 31. Check out our coverage of Nendo’s recent Quivering Bowls. – Samantha Fox

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