Nendo / Stone Garden

Caesarstone collaborated with acclaimed Japanese design studio Nendo who created an exclusive installation with the company’s surface materials. IDS 2013’s (Toronto) International Guest of Honour, Oki Sato, founder and chief designer of Nendo, created 'Stone Garden', an installation of ‘table-like’ surfaces clustered together to form a seemingly floating landscape.


The simplicity of the design reflects the minimalistic beauty that Nendo is known for, while exhibiting the exceptional quality, functionality and creativity of Caesarstone surfaces. 


The tables, which are carried by a simple metal rod, are secured into place by an overlapping design, thus eliminating the use of fasteners to hold them into place. 


Clusters of one-legged tables hold each other up by overlapping. 


Because we didn't use any nails or screws to secure the tables to each other, we could change the depth and direction of the overlaps as we liked, and shape the groupings to the room as freely as an amoeba changes its form to fit its environment. 


Since the tables are stabilised by the weight of other tables, we needed to use a relatively strong material for the tabletops. 


We selected Caesarstone, a material made by resolidifying natural crystals that have been crushed into powder. 


'The installation explores the boundary between ‘furniture’ and ‘non-furniture’. Tables that aren’t quite tables form a cluster, creating a new kind of ground surface like a garden floating in the universe, far beyond the scale of individual tables. The unique variety and quality of natural colours and textures of the Caesarstone surfaces are perfect to be arranged in a composition like the stylized landscape of a Japanese rock garden.' Oki Sato, founder and chief designer of Nendo


In Japanese “nendo” means free-form clay, a soft, fluid substance that symbolizes the way the company’s founders wanted to work. The goal of Nendo is to reconstitute the everyday by transforming it into something that is easy to understand. Nendo believes there are many small moments of surprise hidden in everyday life, and they want those who encounter their designs to intuitively feel those moments of surprise.


All images courtesy of Nendo