DEN is designed by CTRLZAK and crafted in Italy by D3CO. The project is inspired by the pursuit of spiritual and physical balance in Zen practices. On a mountain near a Buddhist temple, Thanos Zakopoulos & Katia Meneghini of CTRLZAK discovered a peculiar sight: tiny sticks placed beneath massive boulders, appearing to support them but too small to bear the stone’s weight. DEN is constructed from simple, natural materials. The main volume is made of bamboo; the support, on the other hand, imitates the original wooden stick but is handcrafted in solid metal to enhance the importance of this structural element. The DEN objects are completed with reflective surfaces (polished steel), emphasizing the connection between nature and man, between heaven and earth.