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Nendo: Shape of Gravity (ph: Takumi Ota) 

| Designbest editorial staff


endo’s world is again a crowd pleaser: evanescent, fleeting and imperceptible, its dreamlike exhibition display makes for a truly dramatic appearance. Housed in the nineteenth-century Istituto dei Ciechi building, Milan, Shape of Gravity puts on show the new Melt collection by Japanese designer Oki Sato: 13 pieces made of cast glass – most of them in limited edition, presented for the first time at this year’s IMM Cologne trade show – comprising chairs, tables, vases, a screen and a chandelier purposely designed for this year’s edition of the Salone del Mobile.

Nendo’s furniture collection is indeed a tribute to the lightness of glass, in fact the idea is to “allow the glass to control the design process”, according to the designer.

As soon as you step inside the exhibition space, you will be amazed by a huge chandelier (2,5 mt diameter) which appears to be floating in mid-air. These pieces, with their elegant and imperfect surfaces, push the boundaries of cast glass making for a minimalist yet vibrant collection which can be considered a new poetic language. The airy appearance of the armchair, for instance, has nonetheless a bold design, while the screen discretely separates the space with its curvy lines.

Once again, poetry and magic come together in the evocative Nendo’s worls.


Where: Istituto dei Ciechi, Via Vivaio 7, Milan - Italy

When: until April 14th  2019


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