Let’s go way back! This incredible creation was presented at the Milan Expo of 2015, but it’s still an iconic statement in the world of design. Nendo, the creator, played with the perspective of a dining table and chairs to present a brand of tableware. So sit back and relax, and enjoy The Crazy Dining Room Optical Illusion by Nendo.
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Led by the designer Oki Sato, the Tokyo-based studio known as Nendo was responsible for the creation of one of the gallery spaces inside Japan’s Kengo Kuma. The theme of the Expo was “Feeding the Planet, Energy for life”, so the studio turned a three-meter space into a dining room.
The white room was filled with a long black table surrounded by 24 black chairs. They displayed different sets of tableware designed by Nendo and made by Japanese artisans on the table surface, that was angled from front to back, allowing visitors to see the display from the entrance.
The chairs were longer, extended to say so, to match the ascending height of the table surface creating, therefore, an optical illusion when seen directly from the front.
“The table and chairs gradually increase in height the further into the room one goes, playing with the spectator’s sense of perspective as well as allowing him/her to look over all the items on display from the gallery entrance,” said Nendo.
“Although resembling an ordinary dinner table, by experimenting with the functional relationship between tables and chairs, the end result is a uniquely conceptual exhibition space that enables the spectator to view all of the products from various angles and distances,” Nendo said.
The installation is no longer available to see but it’s always good to remember the classics!
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