wonderglass is presenting an exhibition titled shape of gravity of the work of japanese design firm, nendo. founded by oki sato, nendo’s work spans a wide range of disciplines from graphic design to furniture design, to installations and interiors. the exhibition also includes melt, a collection of cast glass furniture, tabletop objects, and a gravity formed glass chandelier created in collaboration with wonderglass.
melt was derived through the complex process of laying hot glass sheets over steel shapes or hanging between steel bars, which then melt downward with the pull of gravity creating a natural form. these forms were then turned into the pieces which make up the collection.
the biggest challenge in this process was timing. the craftspeople had to come to a precise understanding of the exact moment where the gravitational pull would result in the desired shape, and also the exact temperature that would allow the shape to set.