Nendo takes 'Colourful Shadows' to Tokyo
Nendo’s travelling exhibition Colourful Shadows returns to its home, getting displayed at the Eye of Gyre Gallery on Tokyo’s busy Omotesando road. The project premiered at the Japan Pavilion of the 2015 EXPO Milano, in the form of a site-specific installation showcasing Nendo’s brand new tableware collections, each made in collaboration with craftsmen reviving traditional techniques.
The peculiarity of the demonstration did not lie simply in that: as the title implies, the installation was the artistically arranged interplay of shadows, offering a spectacular view of traditional dining objects. The directed light and shadow create different views of the display, shifting in accordance with the viewer’s position. The typically Nendo i.e. simple yet powerful installation was now replicated in a different environment, meaning that crucial changed have to be made in order to the shadow-light effect to work.
The Eye of Gyre gallery is decidedly problematic, as it is constituted of a line of segmented, small spaces. Nendo therefore created a site-specific elongated display table, leading visitors across the rooms. The 20 cm width, and 33 m length is paired with 3 mm of “thickness”, resulting in an airy look. The floating effect is reinforced by the minimal number of legs holding the structure, leaning against only two points of the wall and pillar. With the Tokyo presentation, Nendo managed to recreate the essence of the Japan Pavilion in a very different setting, surprising their fans with a brand new sensory journey.
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