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Star Wars x Nendo paperweights.

Details: Japanese design studio Nendo has turned characters from the Star Wars films into a series of objects in abstract 3D shapes. Beyond the paperweights shown above, a wide range of applications is envisaged from kitchenware, such as cups, salt & pepper pots to jewelry such as necklaces, or beading several of them into bracelets.


Says Nendo, “Many character goods have been made based on the film, with many based on 2D image manipulation. So we wanted to open up new possibilities by creating a simplified 3D form. For example, a consecutive repetition of Darth Vader’s concave eyes and mouth turned the object into the instantly recognizable character from every angle.”


“The volume and the curvature of the characters were all adjusted to be more or less similar, all having a rounded top and concave base. This enabled the characters to be stacked on top of each other for different purposes. These designs are aimed at being used as a type of ‘material’, offering the opportunity to the designers and manufacturers who have obtained the licenses to develop their products based on these forms.”


“The expansion of the product offerings can be infinite, which provides a whole new fun and creative aspect of exploring the possibilities that resides in characters.”


The objects were designed for sale at Tokyo’s Seibu-Sogo department store.


Source: Photos by Akihiro Yoshida.




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