Nendo has created seven extraordinary wooden doors namely, “Lamp, Baby, Slide, Hang, Kumiko, Wall and Corner” to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Abe Kogyo, a Japanese manufacturer of doors and furniture. This collection of functional, creative and somewhat quirky designs definitely reshapes the way we see and think of doors.
“… All have a basic default design, and each one has been treated with a different idea born from the various techniques and experience held by the company. These doors do not end up being just one-off products. They have opened up new possibilities for various byproducts, displaying a wide range of product development for the future.” – Nendo
Let there be light! Lamp integrates a sleek wooden lamp shade within the door unit, employing wiring techniques used in electronic locks to provide electricity for the bulb.
Baby combines two doors into one, with a larger one for adults and a smaller portal door for young children. Both doors may be opened independently or as a single unit. Hey, why not!
Slide incorporates three horizontal sliding panels to the upper portion of a door. The wooden panels slide independently on staggered frames, creating a geometric-shaped opening while allowing light and breeze to come through. What’s interesting is, the door takes on a different shape when the panels are slid open.
Hang, one of my favorite designs, is a door fitted internally with a 2.5mm magnetic sheet, which enables various storage trays, pots or vases to be attached and rearranged on its surface. Here, door becomes a functional stylish wall storage and organization!
Wow! I really like the beautiful detailing of this work-of-art door! A masterpiece by Abe Kogyo, Kumiko is a door that features stunning intricate artwork, built using a traditional Japanese technique that uses no nails or hardware, but just precise joints.
Wall, another one of my favorites, completely changes the concept of a door. Shelves and picture frames are attached firmly to the flush door, which blends in and becomes part of the adjourning wall. Hence, opening or closing of the door does not disrupt the aesthetics and flow of the wall display. What a brilliant concept!
Finally, Corner, as its name suggests, is simply a L-shaped door and frame attached to the corner of a room. Perhaps, a little unusual, but certainly not far-fetched. This design allows for more usable wall space, and possibly a wider doorway ideal for wheelchair access.
Photos: Akihiro Yoshida