Oki Sato, the founder of Nendo, was always very passionate about reading manga, an artistic expression composed of a series of lines levelled by flatness and abstraction and deeply rooted in Japanese culture. When he was younger, his parents disapproved of his preference as they believed that visiting museums or galleries would be more beneficial. However, the idea of combining both art forms always lingered in Sato’s thoughts. He started researching about manga comics and discovered that he could, as a matter of fact, transform techniques used in manga into objects and furniture. From this elaborate investigation emerged the one of a kind design, 50 Manga Chairs, which was created for Friedman Benda Gallery in New York, and was also installed in a marvellous historic palazzo in Milan.
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In the middle of the exhibition, a single chair with no characterization or emotions whatsoever is exposed and then it is intensely besieged by various chairs beautified in different designs. For example, one peculiar chair has abrasive blast material in the rear which transforms it into a quite heavy piece but rather unique. These chairs are made of stainless steel and were hand polished in Japan which is a lengthy process. Sato also fashioned divergence by using white to cover the inside flooring and carpeted black to swathe the outskirts.
Out of curiosity, the founder of Nendo has recently been named the designer of the year by Maison et Object wherein he featured a remarkable design of chocolates describing the Japanese onomatopoeic words for texture. Presently, Sato has 400 projects in development.
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