Thin Black Lines by Nendo


Thin Black Lines by Nendo

Japanese studio Nendo will present a collection of black wire furniture with Phillips de Pury & Company at the Saatchi Gallery in London later this month.

Thin Black Lines by Nendo

Called Thin Black Lines, the series includes a chair and clothes rack intended to apear as sketches in the air or calligraphy symbols.

Thin Black Lines by Nendo

The show opens 20 September - 31 October.

Thin Black Lines by Nendo

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Thin Black Lines by Nendo

Photographs are by Masayuki Hayashi.

The information that follows is from Nendo:

Thin Black Lines

‘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.

Thin Black Lines by Nendo

The outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals. They are condensed expressions of meaning, similar to Japanese calligraphy.

Thin Black Lines by Nendo

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.

Thin Black Lines by Nendo

PLACE: Phillips de Pury & Company at Saatchi Gallery
OPEN: September 20th - October 31st
7days a week

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Posted on Tuesday September 7th 2010 at 11:55 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • sondre

    Nice work. The chair looks a bit similar to Permafrost's BBQ chair

    • I agree with you where the inspiration might have come from but what they did better was to take the form to a more natural conclusion. This chair is structurally more daring and visually more striking then permafrost's BBQ chair.

  • Okay, I'm officially a fan now.

  • Chris Dobson

    If the comfort of sitting on this matches the warm feeling that it brings to my eyes, then, I want one.

    Actually, why just make it singular? I'll take few, thanks.

  • The chair most certiantly similiar to the BBQ chair only I think it is a stronger and more visual stimulating piece. I think this is due to the fact that the lines carry all the way to the ground and have a more space between them then the BBQ.

    Nice piece, though I think the framed pictures are pretty week. THey don't look like simplified paintings of plants and animals but that they were "simply" forgotten between the second and third dimension.

    The outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals. They are condensed expressions of meaning, similar to Japanese calligraphy.

  • Patricia

    it may look similar to Permafrost's bbq chair; but here nendo took it to a completely different level. The out line, the body lines and the perspective makes it irresistible to the eye. It does not matter if is comfortable or not, art is made to be comfortable to our eyes and souls, not to our body. This chair is project based on an optical concept, not in a functional concept.

  • I agree totally with Patricia (nothing to add) she explained very well the
    difference between art and design (of object / functional). They are two different approach where sometimes can meet and became a = functional object & piece of art, which is not often the case!

    Francois Beydoun

  • Pote

    definetly my favorite chair ever!

  • antepostnow

    this is brilliant – comparing it to other designs would lead to finding the common denominator in a bbq grill ;-) well done, nendos, and honest to edit this as art and not furniture. congratulations!

  • paperform

    lets face it – this is totally foxy
    want slash LOVE

  • joseph mele

    check out "spaces etc" project of Ron Gilad to see where his inspiration comes from…

    • Katie Molzen

      Without doubt! you are kind to call it "inspiration". I love Ron's work in Spaces….I was at the opening at Wright in Chicago.

  • Nendo never ceases to amaze me. Yet another example of perfect execution.

  • klaus

    I don't think you need to look so far for "inspiration", this chair probably comes from a what i'd call a "3d program mindset", you project an array of lines into the shape of a chair, it's been done a couple of times before, and it will be done again, it's just that this rendition of the idea is very neat.

  • jason

    Also reminiscent of the benches in these railings: