Door-opening design


For time immemorial, doors have looked the same, rectangular in shape and fitted into a wall opening. Perfect if you are an adult, of normal stature and have healthy legs. But what if you don't fit any of these? Kinnarps has a look at the Japanese designer Nendo's new range of doors and feels a certain affiliation with his inclusive design.

Nendo, or Oki Sato as he is really called, has since the early 2000's always managed to surprise the world by putting his own unique take on everyday objects.
His door during the Milan Furniture Fair is the latest example. Using magnetic sheets and shelves, Nendo has come up with an entirely new space for both shelves and paintings or why not a small flower pot? The door merges with the interior. It is of course fitted with an integrated lighting strip to make it easier to find the keyhole and where to put your feet when it gets dark outside. Why hasn't anyone come up with this before?


Children can at times find it almost impossible to reach up to the door handle. Nendo designed this door with nurseries in mind.


Doors are often just about functionality – opening and closing. But in Nendo's world, doors are transformed into beautiful artwork. This is how nice they can look like.

Why can a door not be mounted in the corner of a room?
"People in wheelchairs discovered how my solution made things much simpler. Plus having a door in a corner completely alters the architecture in the room and literally opens the way to new interior design alternatives," says Oki Sato.