Nendo is prolific, and at this year's Milan Design Week, he'll be showing nine new pieces for clients like Swarovski, Flaminia, Arketipo, Tectonica, and Boffi. Our favorites are the three self-initiated projects to be shown at Chair Garden, Nendo's private exhibition at Galleria Antonia Jannone.
Dress-Up, pictured top, is a series of flower vases produced in collaboration with Ceramic Japan, a firm located in Seto, an area known for its ceramics. The three forms make up a family: "a heavyset 'father,' a slim 'mother,' and a smaller 'child,'" each with its own distinctive collar. According to Nendo, "when we dress, our hair and clothing correspond to each other," In this case, the clothing is the vase and the hair is the flower.
Period. Comma, "Quote" is a set of paperweights made in collaboration with Takada Seisakujo, specialists in cast aluminum. The three weights echo different forms of punctuation to help users sort their papers: "the period for work completed; the comma for work in progress; and the quotation mark for messages." The forms are not predetermined, but shape up naturally as the aluminum is poured.
Peel is a tea mug with a small portion of the lip peeled away, creating a gap beneath the ceramic lid. Through the gap, a spoon handle can rest or a tea bag string can escape. The lid helps keep the tea hot while steeping, and can function as a spoon rest or a dish for sweets.
Nendo: Chair Garden
April 14-19, 2010
Galleria Antonia Jannone
Corso Garibaldi 125, Milan
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.