nendo: thin black lines + blurry white surfaces
nendo: thin black lines + blurry white surfaces nendo: thin black lines + blurry white surfaces
sep 07, 2010

nendo: thin black lines + blurry white surfaces

‘thin black lines’ + ‘white blurry surfaces’ is an exhibition of japanese design studio nendo, presented in two parts at saatchi gallery and phillips de pury & company‘s london head quarters. it is nendo’s first solo UK show and will showcase their newest projects.

‘thin black lines’ – hanger racks

‘thin black lines’ phillips de pury at saatchi gallery, duke of york’s HQ, king’s road, london september 20th – october 31st, 2010

‘thin black lines’ is an exhibition of a series of 29 new bent, solid steel works. ‘outlines were the theme of this collection. slight black lines like the traces of sketches drawn in the air made transparent surfaces and volumes appear, which we assigned practical functions. the outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals. they are condensed expressions of meaning, similar to japanese calligraphy. the designs gently break the relationship of before and behind, and traverse at times the space between two and three dimensions. multi-faceted and constantly morphing, they move alternately between the becoming and collapse of form.‘


side tables


lamps and installation

japanese calligraphy

stool and chair

tub chair

bowls and vases (different view angles)

left: cord chair right: fade out chair

‘blurry white surfaces’ phillips de pury & company headquarters, howick place, london september 22nd – october 31st, 2010

‘blurry white surfaces’ is composed primarily of work shown in the ‘ghost stories’ solo show that toured new york and milan, exploring unusual techniques, materials and manipulated textures as a way of creating ambiguous objects with an eerily faint presence – objects that seem to appear, disappear, and reappear.

left: elastic diamond chair right: cabbage chair

  • Very nicely done!!

    S says:
  • useful for umbllera and animal cage

    so says:
  • How are these constantly morphing?

    rcvs1 says:
  • japanese caligraphy????

    Chinese caligraphy!!!!!!

    2AM says:
  • Interesting evolution of a project…
    I see a slight resemblance between the calligraphy and the actual form at hand.

    In any case, I prefer the pieces of the Blurry White Surfaces. From some angles they almost just look like 2D forms which I assume would have even more impact when viewed in a physical, 3D space.

    Kevin G. says:
  • It is Traditional Chinese. Nendo develops it in a very unique way. Forms, meanings, and function all come together nicely. I always love Nendo projects. This one is a great one too.

    George Lee says:

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