During the Milan Design Week we assist to the exhibition Nendo works 2014-2015. From our point of view was the most complete and inspiring exhibition. One of the projects is named “Seven Doors”, done to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Abe Kogyo, a manufacturer of wooden front and interior doors, partitions, fixtures and custom-made furniture.
All these seven doors 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, in fact they are more than just a door.
Nendo redesigns seven doors for Abe Kogyo
A door and lighting fixture in one, employing the wiring techniques used in electronic locks.
Abe Kogyo also manufactures various interior fittings for nurseries and pre-schools, and this gave rise to the idea of having adults and children walk through doors that match their respective sizes.
Much like a window blind, this door can create small spaces to let light in, to let a breeze through, and to create a greater sense of connectivity between rooms.
A door fitted with internal 2.5mm magnet sheet, allowing the user to attach various accessories to it such as trays, dust bins, flower pots, vases, and other containers.
A door that applies kumiko, a technique of assembling wooden interior lattices without nails, most often used in creating door fixtures for traditional Japanese tatami rooms.
By covering this door with shelves and picture frames that one would usually fit to a wall, this unit dims the very concept of a door, allowing it to blend into the wall to an unprecedented extent.
A door that allows the user to enter and exit through corners of a room, transforming the way we think about interior layout.