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Nichetto = Nendo

Salone favourites of recent years Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato of Nendo have joined forces to launch seven new products they designed together. After meeting in Stockholm for a coffee they spoke about design and collaboration between designers of the past such as Ettore Sottsass and Shiro Kuramata, and were inspired to do the same. Using a creative process from Japanese culture by which one person composes the first three lines (kami no ku) of a short poem known as a tanka, then sends them to a second person who composes the two final sentences (shimo no ku), Sato sent ideas which Nichetto concluded, and vice versa. (Nendo is also showing at Dilmos Gallery, and will certainly be worth a look.)

9-14 April; Foro Buonaparte 48; www.nendo.jp; www.lucanichetto.com

Pictured: Work-in-progress maquettes by Luca Nichetto and Oki Sato