THE SPACE IN BETWEEN
DESIGN MUSEUM HOLON, ISRAEL
OKI SATO AND STUDIO NENDO
The Space in Between is the first large-scale
retrospective by Japanese designer Oki Sato and his
Studio Nendo. It takes place place over four months
to October 2016 at Ron Arad’s Design Museum
Holon in Israel. Sato, born in Toronto in 1977, set up
Studio Nendo in 2002, after gaining a master’s degree
in architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo.
Its portfolio spans lighting, furniture, interior and
graphic design. Voted Designer of the Year by both
Wallpaper and Elle Decor, Sato has collaborated with
brands such as Cappellini, Moroso, Vibia, Oluce,
Foscarini, Louis Vuitton and Lasvit, whose Inhale
Lamp from 2012 is shown here.
Studio Nendo takes its name from the Japanese word
for free-form modelling clay, and signifies flexibility
and the ability to reinvent, hence, while glass is usually
made by blowing air continually into molten material,
the Inhale Lamp is formed by blowing glass into a
bubble and then quickly sucking the air away.
The exhibition, curated by Maria Cristina Didero,
former director of the Bisazza Foundation in Vicenza
near Venice, ‘investigates the un-design and in-between spaces left for light and air’. It aims to explore
Sato’s work and offers ‘an invitation for visitors to
be drawn closer to the essence of contemporary
Japanese design, which has a tradition of investigating
the space in between’. It is this space ‘that forms a
platform for new ideas and creativity,’ says Galit Gaon,
Design Museum Holon’s chief curator.
On show are 74 of the designer’s works divided into
six categories of space: between processes, textures,
objects, boundaries, relationships and senses.
‘Layering things that are initially adjacent to each
other. Inversing the relationship of structure and
finish, or of design and function. Creating alternate
relationships and states of balance... can lead to new
and invaluable discoveries,’ says Sato.
‘This presentation investigates the only space in
which Sato could not intervene, the space in between
but on which he actually powerfully does: what is
in-between, what is un-design and the carefully
calculated operative-area left to light and air. The
theme became a narrative expedient to tell the story
of his unique career, up to the present,’ says Didero.
Opposite: Inhale Lamp by Oki Sato (top), formed, as the sketch
above shows, by blowing air into a bubble of glass, then quickly
sucking the air away again