Textured Transparencies by Nendo

Japanese design studio nendo exhibit 'Textured Transparencies' this year at Milan Design Week 2011 at galleria jannone.
This collection includes tables and lights, exploring the levels of transparency. They are not clear but partially transparent - think scrolling down the opaque selection in Photoshop and you will get an idea of how they are experimenting. 
Nendo's table is the product that fell in love with:

This transparency exists in gradations in the space between transparent and opaque. 
Each of the pieces are constructed from different materials and indicate the possibility of new functions and visual effects in furniture.

The following is from designboom
'For the 'transparent table', nendo cast clear acrylic in a wooden form exhibiting a strong grain resulting in 'transparent wood', assembled to create a table. They treated the acrylic pieces exactly like the natural material, bevelling their edges like floorboards, matching grain ends and dimensions of the wood to create a unified piece.

'The two tables have specific and optical effects. At first glance one appears black, and much like wood, but upon closer inspection, reveals transparency. While on the other hand, the clear table is transparent at first, but only revealing its wooden form later.'

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