thin black lines features a new series of bent, solid, tubular steel works.
oki sato opened his multi-disciple design studio, nendo (japanese for clay), in 2002. despite the studio’s young life they have been prolific, completing an astonishing number of remarkable projects in architecture, interior, product and graphic design.
outlines were the theme of the exhibition. 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.
“giving people a small ” ! ” moment. there are so many small ” ! ” moments hidden in our everyday. but we don’t recognize them. and even when we do recognize them, we tend to unconsciously reset our minds and forget what we’ve seen. but we believe these small ” ! ” moments are what make our days so interesting, so rich. that’s why we want to reconstitute the everyday by collecting and reshaping them into something that’s easy to understand. we’d like the people who’ve encountered nendo’s designs to feel these small ” ! ” moments intuitively. that’s nendo’s job.” -oki sato