The Japanese design firm Nendo has designed a new door collection for Abe Kogyo, a Japanese wooden door manufacturer. Called Seven Doors, the collection was created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the company that makes not only wooden front and interior doors, but partitions and custom-made furniture.
Seven Doors includes:
Covering this door with shelves and picture frames that would usually decorate a wall lets this door become an extension of the wall, expanding the living space and even erasing the outside world if desired. The shelves and frames have been made by applying the ‘V-cut’ technology used for finishing the edges of flush doors. The frames themselves are easy to remove and reattach, and have been fitted with a newly designed connector to prevent them from shaking when opening and closing the door.
This door is fitted with internal 2.5mm magnet sheet, which lets the user attach various accessories such as trays, dust bins, flower pots, vases, and other containers that turn the door itself into a storage device. This could be particularly useful in a kitchen, garage, nursery, or small home office.
Abe Kogyo also manufactures various interior fittings for nurseries and pre-schools, and which inspired Nendo to create a portal that allows adults and children walk through doors that match their respective sizes.
This door applies kumiko, a technique of assembling wooden interior lattices without nails, most often used in creating door fixtures for traditional Japanese tatami rooms. The kumiko gradually blends into the plain portion of the door. This is design feature was made possible by the intricate handiwork of Abe Kogyo.
Simply, a door and lighting fixture in one, employing the wiring techniques used in electronic locks.
Working like a window blind or transom, this door uses sliding door techniques to create small spaces to let in light or air and create a greater sense of connection between rooms.
This door allows the user to enter and exit through corners of a room. Since the door creates a particularly wide opening, an added benefit is that it could create easier and more comfortable wheelchair access.
Photos by Hiroshi Iwasaki.