Nendo, a Japanese design studio, crafts a collection of kanji-inspired home pieces for Zens, a Chinese lifestyle brand. The collection made its debut at Maison&Objet this week and features pieces such as the Picto set. The set consists of four pieces of furniture -- a table, a seat, shelf, and a storage unit. The foundation of all four pieces is the shape of a triangle, whereas the top half varies in shape to serve its intended function. There is a flat surface that allows it to function as a table top, a bent surface meant for sitting, layered rectangles as shelves, and round cylinders to perform as storage units for small items.
Nendo states, "Similar to a Kanji, where one word is a combination of multiple meanings; by arranging three-dimensional shapes in different ways, we can form a variety of furniture pieces." Its display system is entitled 'Chirp,' designed to represent birds resting on wire lines, and its function is to hold small items such as pens and pencils. The tea and coffee sets are designed to resemble stones with its shape and stackable features.