Design Museum Holon presents nendo: the space in between the Japanese studio's first museum retrospective
Design Museum Holon presents
nendo: the space in between
the Japanese studio's first museum retrospective
The exhibition includes a major site-specific, outdoor commission by nendo for the Museum's courtyard
Curator: Maria Cristina Didero
Now Open from 7 June 2016 until 29 October 2016
JUNE 2016: The first large-scale retrospective exhibition of nendo is now open at Design Museum Holon in Israel. Visitors are walking in between a grid of open-top display cases - a conceptual village, experiencing over 70 works divided into 6 categories of “in between spaces”, providing a window into the creative process of the studio. nendo’s designs begin by exploring and layering existing preconceptions, and then locating the gaps or “spaces” in between these layers to tie together new ideas.
Placed in the Museum's courtyard and welcoming visitors to the exhibition is 'in the shade', a new site-specific installation by nendo supported by Caesarstone.
'in the shade' is a series of 5 free-standing screens constructed using sheets of glass coloured by Glas Italia and held in place by Caesarstone pedestals. Each pedestal has been positioned to look as though it penetrates the glass' surface, appearing as if shade is falling onto the pedestal. Looking at the piece from one side, it evokes the feeling of being "outdoors" while what lies behind the screen appears to be "indoors". The overall effect of "the space in between" is achieved by separating the inside and outside through the overlapping boundaries between mass and air, light and shade.
Stretching from the interior to the exterior of the Design Museum Holon’s grounds, the exhibition provides an overall thought-provoking and immersive experience. "Design is something that you feel and enjoy. I want my pieces to talk for themselves. It is the small and the normal things that make it really special. Whilst normal and small there is something very interesting, something always hidden in the gaps and space in between." – Oki Sato, nendo
"It has been a great experience working with Design Museum Holon, and I was very honoured to be offered by Galit Gaon to curate this project. It was quite challenging to present such a beautiful talent such as the collective nendo studio. Oki Sato is truly impressive in his way of surprising us every day with amazing designs that are both simple and sophisticated." – Maria Cristina Didero, Curator