Touch of class: Nendo bowls that shiver in air

23 : 11 : 2012 Design : Erotic : Bowls

Milan – Faced with the challenge of exploring the relationship between design and the erotic, Japanese studio Nendo created a series of bowls so delicate that they quiver in response to passing blasts of air.

The Shivering Bowls project will appear at the KAMA. Sex & Design exhibition next month at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. Although they appear similar to ceramics, the bowls are made of highly flexible silicon that bends and crumples in response to light pressure.

‘We wanted to express eros through a design that invokes desire – one that viewers simply can’t bear not to touch,’ said Nendo. In an exhibit that covers the ancient world through to the present, the bowls reference timeless functionality and futuristic materials.

Designers using misleading materials was a prevalent trend from the second Maison et Objet of 2012, for more on this, see our microinspire.

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