September 9, 2010, 5:07 pm

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Phillips de Pury presents the work of Nendo in a two part exhibition, as part of the London Design Festival.

thin black lines

The ‘thin black lines’ exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery presents a new series of projects exploring the concept of outlining.
According to Nendo:
‘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.
The outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals.
They are condensed expressions of meaning, similar to Japanese calligraphy.
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.’

The objects are stripped down to their wireframes. Their physical presence seems to be eliminated and their form is replaced by the conceptual outline of the object. The result of this process of abstraction – similar to the evolution of calligraphy – is a series of extremely simple structures with intense visual and spatial impact.

blurry white surfaces

The ‘blurry white surfaces’ exhibition at at Phillips de Pury, Howick Place, is an installation of archival works by Nendo that explores ambiguity in design. According to Nendo, the exhibition was composed primarily of work shown in the ‘ghost stories’ solo show that toured New York and Milan. The show brought together pieces that explored unusual techniques and materials and manipulated textures as a way of creating ambiguous objects with an eerily faint presence – objects that seem to appear, disappear, and reappear.

DESIGNER: Nendo,Tokyo, Japan, www.nendo.jp.

EXHIBITION INFORMATION: thin black lines
PLACE: Phillips de Pury & Company at Saatchi Gallery
ADDRESS: Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road London SW3 4SQ (near Sloane Square)
OPEN: September 20th – October 31st / 7days a week / 10:00-18:00
Admission Free

EXHIBITION INFORMATION: blurry white surfaces
PLACE: Phillips de Pury & Company
ADDRESS: Howick Place London SW1P 1BB
OPEN: September 22th – October 31st / Monday to Friday / 10:00-18:00
Admission Free

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Nendo
The first UK solo exhibition of the Japanese design studio Nendo at Saatchi Gallery in London, 20 Sep – 31 Oct, 2010

The objects are stripped down to bare wireframes. Their physical presence seems to be eliminated and their form is replaced by the conceptual outline of the object. The result of this process of abstraction – similar to the evolution of calligraphy – is a series of extremely simple structures with intense visual and spatial impact.

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