ONE PIECE FROM THIS COLLECTION IS PART OF THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE MUDAC (MUSEE DE DESIGN ET D’ARTS APPLIQUES CONTEMPORAINS / LAUSANNE)
Innerblow works on a unique skill: glass blowing. The matter obtained when fire transforms sand, borax, lime and caustic soda would be insignificant if it didn’t then undergo the remarkable technique of glassblowing. The craftsman confers nobility on the material, a transparency that fascinates Nendo. He outlines an unexpected field of exploration and appropriates the process of glass blown on the end of a metal pipe with incomparable skill by the glass blowers at the Lasvit workshop. He invites the material to fit snugly into a frame which is actually the top of an upside-down table. The liquid glass arbitrarily follows the formal definition of the project. In his own way, Nendo takes inspiration from the empirical operation of cooking, marking the edges of a bread tin with the edges of the table. The mould, an essential part of the industrial process is symbolically explored by Nendo, just like Gaetano Pesce in the sixties, he combines mass production and craftsmanship making each piece a unique object (the gesture), this heady quest is produced in five versions. One of the table tops is the result of an experiment where a number of glassblowers were obliged to use the same mould. This collective effort harks back to the practices of the medieval guilds and debunks the myth of the solitary craftsman.
Based in Tokyo and Milan, Nendo is the name of the studio founded by Oki Sato. Born in Canada in 1977, he earned an architecture degree from Waseda University in Tokyo in 2002. The studio has created many award-winning products and its conceptual designs have been produced by Cappellini, Guzzini, Oluce, Tod’s, Cartier, Puma, Camper, Starbucks, Lexus, and BoConcept.
He is known for The Cabbage Chair, an answer to the challenge posed by fashion designer Issey Miyake to create a futuristic object that would convey how man will live in the twenty-first century. Handcrafted from the folded paper rolls used in Miyake’s own pleat-making process, the chair makes use of a product that would otherwise be thrown away. The chair is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Les Arts Décoratifs museum in Paris. It was also included in the inaugural exhibition at the Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv in fall 2009.
The studio has received many awards, including the Good Design Award, the German Design Award, and the Elle Deco International Design Award. In 2012, it was named designer of the year by Wallpaper* magazine. Sato has participated in Milan Design Week and created a Rain Bottle installation at Maison & Objet 2014.