reminder. 21 january opening recption, static bubbles, nendo, carpenters workshop gallery [RK]
21 january > 3 march 2012 | paris | left: farming net vase 03 | click > enlarge
Bearable lightness and other thoughts on nendo on the occasion of ‘Static Bubbles’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris.
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This year, Tokyo-based design firm nendo is celebrating its tenth anniversary by doing what nendo does best: quietly but surely going about their work.
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This may not sound like a way to mark a successful decade, but the fruits of nendo’s labor were anything but ordinary. For nendo, simply ‘getting things done’ means a bevy of significant exhibitions this year and last, including a retrospective at flagship Tokyo design space Axis Gallery, museum acquisitions (the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago), new products for Milan, a major Canadian museum exhibition design and interiors in Japan, China, Italy and the UK. All of these are testing the firm’s distinctive sensibility in new areas, against new constraints.
In other words, nendo is doing something exciting, and the world is taking note. But would you know this from founder Sato Oki and team’s quiet demeanor, or from the deceptive simplicity of their work ? Perhaps not, but again, that is entirely the point. It is this combination of thoughtfulness and caprice, hidden within minimalism of form and an unusual attention to process and detail, that make nendo what they are, and that characterizes the new work shown here at Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
One keyword for understanding nendo’s work is ‘lightness’. Of the new work shown in this exhibition, the farming-net objects (2012) play with the visual perception of physicality. They claim space for their strange geometric forms but hover between perceptibility and imperceptibility, materiality and immateriality. Stronger than organdy but lighter and more flexible than wire mesh, the farming-net objects merge structure and form, object and shadow. They’re absolutely functional yet prefer to suggest in their three-dimensional clouds the space that a container or vase might occupy. [ nendo ] Photos courtesy of [ carpenters workshop gallery ]
exhibition | nendo / static bubbles
opening | 4 – 9 PM
venue | carpenters workshop gallery | 3 albemarle street, mayfair, w1s 4he | paris
date | 21 january > 3 march 2012
contact | +44 (0)20 3051 5939
[ Quodes ] will exhibit the newly-developed low board cabinet by Barber Osgerby, new cabinet compositions designed by Nendo (Japan) and several other highlights of the collection designed by Marcel Wanders and Alfredo Häberli.
BarberOsgerby from London picks up on the suggestion from dealer Belgium Gyselinck to use only 2 instead of the regular 3 bases for this 270 cm long model. To emphasize its “lightness” new colors were also introduced. Dimensions: 270 cm long, 45 cm high, 55 cm deep.
newly-developed low satellite cabinets for wall mounting
Standard Satellite base. For standalone use or in combination with another Satellite. Dimensions: length / depth 56 cm, height 36 cm.
event: [ imm international furnishing show 2012 ]
venue: Glow GmbH, Friesenplatz 17, 50672 köln (city centre) | cologne
dates: 16 > 22 january 2012
Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail, the partners of Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, will inaugurate a new gallery in Paris. Carpenters Workshop Gallery Paris is located in the prominent neighborhood of the 4th arrondissement, on the border between the Marais and the Beaubourg plateau. The gallery is in a historically stimulating location for the art world as it formerly housed the Galerie de France for many decades. The monumental space covers 600 m² on three floors, with over 350 m² of exhibition space operating on two floors. The renovation of the gallery was carried out by the decorator Jean de Piepape. The Gallery founders were both born into the core of the Parisian art-world, Le Gaillard the son of an eminent gallerist; Lombrail the son of the renowned auctioneer. Prior to meeting, each was already independently intending to open a gallery promoting contemporary art, design and the place where the two overlap. They quickly progressed setting up the Carpenters Workshop Gallery together, on the premise that sculpture can bring depth, narrative and emotion to contemporary design. The Gallery began life in a former carpenter’s workshop in 2004, an old industrial space amid Chelsea Gas Works. In 2008 the Carpenters Workshop opened a second gallery in Albemarle Street, Mayfair. Always following the instinct of its founders without compromise, the Gallery’s exhibitions attracted much acclaim and quickly amassed a reputation for presenting works of deep contemporary significance. As the number of artists grew, so did the diversity of their backgrounds and practices. With a light touch, the Gallery brought a refreshing playfulness to the debate between art and design. The works exhibited often reflect a sense of humor crucial to the Gallery’s identity. This unconventional approach to hybrid practice was then contextualized within the traditional home of fine art in London. The field of Design Art is at the dawn of its potential, it proposes a sensitive, intellectual and innovative approach to the object. The pieces are true, functional sculptures, incorporating the paradox of the unique and the mass produced, of art and function. The Carpenters Workshop Gallery collection introduces the public to the latest design aesthetics, enriching and enlightening the contemporary design landscape and discourse. This Parisian location confirms Julien Lombrail’s and Loïc Le Gaillard’s commitment to the international promotion of their artists and designers, as well as their international spectrum of esteemed collectors. Together, Julien Lombrail and Loïc Le Gaillard guide the designers toward art and the artist toward design. Carpenters Workshop Gallery represents: Atelier Van Lieshout . Sebastian Brajkovic . Wendell Castle . Ingrid Donat . Vincent Dubourg . Lonneke Gordijn & Ralph Nauta . Johanna Grawunder . Matthieu Lehanneur . Nendo . Marc Quinn . Xavier Lust . Random International . Pablo Reinoso . Robert Stadler . Studio Job . Charles Trevelyan [cwg official release]
private opening date: 22 september 2011
public opening date: 24 september 2011
address: marais 54 rue de la verrerie 75003
phone: +33 (0)1 7712 0612
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