Minimalism is subtle. But minimalism can also be vibrant – as is proven by the ‘Soft’ series of frosted neon tables, created by the collaborative effort of Glas Italia and Nendo. The furniture line comprises three low-height tables that are crafted from sheets of frosted glass connected with colorful neon strips. These strips range from bluish, purplish, reddish to even yellowish tints, thus accounting for collective vibrancy, in spite of the minimalist design of the tables. In essence, the arrangements allude to clean geometry complemented by the ‘dynamic’ dimension of variant eye-soothing colors.
However, on closer inspection, there is certainly more to the ‘Soft’ series of frosted neon tables than its initial vibrant impression. For example, the glass facade edges do exhibit a certain degree of similar tinge that is found on the adjacent strips. Now while this may seem like an optical illusion, Nendo designers have actually printed colored gradients along the glass edges to achieve the ambit of seamless blurriness. According to the designers –
We tried to create a natural and soft image, as if the colors on the edges were blurring. By combining the extremely difficult technique of printing gradation colors on the diagonal edges with a technique that expresses a delicate “blurriness,” we achieved an appearance that contradicts the conventional image of glass, which is of a hard and sharp material.
In any case, if you are sufficiently enticed by the creation, you will be interested to know that the ‘Soft’ furniture line will make its exhibition debut at Milan’s Museo della Permanente, from April 14th – 19th.