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zippppper project

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“zippppper project” - YKK + nendo

Global design office nendo and YKK have come up with concept products based on the idea, “If only there were this kind of zipper.” The concept products are unprecedented in zipper design, which has not deviated for more than 100 years from the idea of connecting two objects in a line.

The name of the collaboration is "zippppper project."
The word “zipper” expresses the five products being introduced.

These works will be exhibited at Milan Design Week.
nendo : forms of movement
DATE        17-22, April, 2018
HOURS     10:00-21:00 (17-21th) / 10:00-18:00 (22nd)
VENUE      Superstudio Più “ART POINT” (Via Tortona, 27 Milan)

※ These works are conceptual models only.

01 Zipper that crosses
In contrast to ordinary zippers which can only be opened or closed in one direction, one zipper is crossed with another one at a right angle, enabling them to be opened and closed “lengthwise” and “widthwise.” The intersecting part of the zipper is fixed by using four small elements that snap on to each other.

02 Zipper with gaps
While still keeping the typical usability of a zipper, new functions are made possible with the creation of gaps, such as breathability, flexibility, and the means to pass through cords or cables, by fastening at “points” rather than in a “line.” Elements are fastened on top of each other like a button and not side by side.

03 Zipper to fasten three elements
By moving a three pronged shaped slider, three sets of elements are twisted together, making it possible to go beyond the “flat” dimension and bind fabrics “three dimensionally.” In a single space, three compartments can be simultaneously separated or connected together.

04 Zipper to seamlessly fasten around
Zippers typically have a “start point” and an “end point,” but by connecting the two, 360 degrees accessibility from any direction was achieved. Moreover, it became possible to successively add circular parts one after the other.

05 Zipper with a rotating motion
While pulling a slider with one hand, the other hand should hold the bottom of the material so that the zipper stretches linearly, making it open and close smoothly. This may be stressful to some people and is resolved by replacing the linear motion with a rotating motion. When the disc-like slider is rotated, the internal gear clamps the elements and they open and close simultaneously with the movement. This enables the zipper to be operated with one hand, without needing to hold the material.
This enabled the zipper to be operated with one hand, without needing to hold the material.

Please also vist nendo site. http://www.nendo.jp/en/works/zippppper-project/?erelease

Movie : nendo
Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida


Design office nendo

Oki Sato (Founder/Chief Designer) established "nendo" Tokyo office in 2002 and Milan office in 2005. Chosen by Newsweek magazine as one of "The 100 Most Respected Japanese" and won many "Designer of the year" of major awards include from Wallpaper magazine and ELLE DECOR magazine.

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