photos by Masayuki Hayashi | click to enlarge

Of all the products that Nendo announced at Milano Salone this year (it’s kind of ridiculous how busy they are) my favorite were these simple yet refined lacquer containers. The understated design conceals the surprisingly tedious process of using a 3D printer that cuts, stacks and pastes sheets of paper one by one to form the shape.

Interestingly, when applying the lacquer, it adhered thickly to the edges of the accumulated paper, and pulled at the paper’s surface, resulting in that mysterious wood grain-like texture that you’re seeing. It’s wood that was turned into paper, that ended up looking like wood.

You can see more pictures of the process on their website. The pieces themselves will be on display at Nilufar in Milan during Milano Salone.

This post is part of our review of the 2012 Milano Salone del Mobile. All posts will be archived in 1 convenient place.

Source: press release