Japanese design studio Nendo showcased Alcantara Wood at the Palazzo Reale in Milan at the exhibition Alcantara - Technology of Dreams, curated by Giulio Cappellini and Domitilla Dardi of the MAXXI. Consisting of a table and chairs, the collection mirrors the reinterpretation of aesthetic, technical and sensory qualities of alcantara, which is the signature material of Italian manufacturer Alcantara.
Accepting a sort of challenge promoted by the industry, Nendo presented a new technique to bring out alcantara's multifaceted qualities. Woodgrain patterns are formed by layering, rolling and cutting sheets of artificial suede, which are then assembled with metal frames. The collection's pieces could be mistaken for marble of dyed timber, especially within an environment where everything pretends to be something else, from textiles on the wall to false doors.
To align with the curators' vision, Nendo embraced the role of technology to generate a dream-like atmosphere within the historical context of the Palazzo Reale.
Photos Akihiro Yoshida