Nendo’s Trippy New Hourglasses

Brilliant Japanese studio Nendo has just unveiled their trippy and unconventional new hourglass designs, created to “change the perception of the flow of time.” The four amorphic hourglasses look somewhat like an alien digestive system, with different-shaped crevasses and tubes altering the speed and angles of flowing colored sands. The beautiful and mesmerizing pieces will be on display at the forthcoming Milan Design Week. See …

Nendo’s Self-Assembling Toilet for Natural Disasters

Nendo’s Minimilet project began after Japan’s Tōhoku and Kumamoto earthquakes—specifically the devastation and difficulties in the wake of each. Entirely collapsable, the disposable toilet can be assembled using found materials and then dismantled when needed. Made from several components: four aluminum pipes, C-shaped seat, privacy tent, garbage bags and a coagulant liquid, the toilet’s bag can also double as a water carrier. When governments aren’t …

Nendo’s Minimalist Cubic Pet Goods

A multi-use bed, bowl and toys from the Japanese design company

The latest offerings from prolific and influential Japanese design studio Nendo, helmed by Oki Sato, is for our furry friends. Designed in the same vein as 2013’s geometric collection—created for Japanese lifestyle magazine PEN—the new Cubic Pet Goods focus on blending with home interiors and being as useful as possible. Eschewing the round and ostentatious, which describe the plentiful options at pet stores, the Cubic …