Rain Bottle is a minimalist design created by Tokyo-based company Nendo. The project was for an exhibition at the Maison&Objet trade fair in Paris utilizing 20 acrylic clear bottles to represent different Japanese words for rain. The designers chose the word “rain” due to its multiple nuances in Japanese, a language that has dozens of variations for rain depending on the condition of time and day.
The bottles are as much a statement in design as they are an emphasis to the subtle sensibilities of the Japanese language. Each bottle contains a unique diorama that symbolizes one variation of the word “rain” in Japanese. Some of the bottles contain thicker vertical strands to symbolize a downpour while others contain softer, thinner lines to depict a drizzle.
The bottles were displayed in a single row across a white backdrop and table surface in order to further emphasize the minute details within the bottles. Nendo described this project as a way to express Japan’s culture and their unique relationship with nature.