Softer than steel" is a poetic and delicate collection consisting of three benches, a chair, a collection of small tables, a coat stand and a range of shelves, created by the Japanese designer Nendo for Desalto.

B62 Matt White
Metal Sheet and Rod Steel
Seat height
98 x 89 cm
Suitable for outdoor use
Year of design

A section of the bench has flipped up and turned into the backrest. Poles wrap around each other to become a coat stand. By adding flipped, bent and wrapped details to metal sheets and rods, the ordinarily hard metal gain new functionality and a light, flexible feel, as though the metal has become paper or cloth". Nendo

Bench in metal sheet with bent back and rod steel legs, matt white lacquered.


Oki Sato is Chief Designer and Founder of nendo. Born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada, he received his M.Arch. from Waseda University, Tokyo in 2002. He established the design studio “nendo” in the same year. His activity in the design world has not been limited to only one area but is rather multifarious, spanning from graphic and product design to designing furniture, nstallations, windows and interiors, and even reaches into the realm of architecture. He has been chosen by the Neewsweek magazine as one of “The 100 Most Respected Japanese” and won many “Designer of the Year” mention by Wallpaper and Elle Decor magazines. Nendo can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Desalto has always been an integral part of the Brianza area manufacturing tradition, stretching from the 1950s to the present day. Brianza is a special region where the masters of Italian design found a fertile environment and resolute, enthusiastic business people. Desalto founders, the Orsenigo family, are among the entrepreneurs who helped to spread, worldwide, the concept of a product based on a constant technical and technological research, aesthetically sophisticated and designed to be functional.