nendo exhibits rain bottle installation at maison et objet 2014
all images by hiroshi iwasaki

 

 

 

the trend exhibition presented at the 2014 fall edition of maison et objet has invited international creatives to work under the theme ‘words’, considering the relationship between language and design. for his participation, nendo selected ‘rain’, considering the term’s numerous nuances in japanese — which has a slew of references for the atmospheric condition, reflecting the sensibilities of the language.

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‘rain bottle’ expresses the various nuances of the term in japanese

 

 

 

the scenography of the presentation is a line-up of clear acrylic bottles which each contain variations of rain: ‘kirisame’, ‘biu’ and ‘kosame’ refer to different degrees of fine drizzle; ‘niwaka-ame’ is a sudden downpour’; ‘mizore’ is sleet; ‘yudachi’ are showers that occur the evening; ‘kisame’ is precipitation that drips from the end of tree branches; and ‘kaiu’ is deluge that is mixed with dust and pollen.

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each vessel contains a variation of rain

 

 

 

among these, are seasonally specific rainfalls — from ‘samidare’ that happens in the spring, to ‘shigure’, which refers to those that are typical to autumn and winter. through ‘rain bottle’ nendo wishes to express japan’s relationship to nature, and the depth of this connection.

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‘rain’ patterning

 

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detail of the cap

 

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‘kisame’ is precipitation that falls from the end of tree branches

 

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full view of ‘kisame’

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seasonal rainfalls such as ‘shigure’, which refers to those that are typical in autumn and winter, are depicted

 

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‘rain bottle’ is presented at maison et objet 2014