Balancing art and function: Picto series by Nendo Studio and ZENS Lifestyle

Zens Lifestyle collaborated with Japanese design firm Nendo Studio to add new furniture to its home product line. Working with designer Oki Sato, the Nendo Studio Picto series of furniture has shapes derived from the pictographic writing of Chinese characters.

Transforming a two-dimensional profile into three-dimensional furniture that balances art and function, each of the four pieces is constructed with iron plates for strength and durability. There are crescent-shaped seats welded at contact points, designed to be visually minimal and slim, yet remain strong to support full body weight and the wear and tear from everyday use. The line also includes rectangular and circular shelves balanced atop triangular bases.

The pieces are available in white, green, grey, black and red.

Photo credit: Zens Lifestyle