Published on : Thursday, April 6, 2017
For the Milan Design Week from April 4 to 9, Japanese studio Nendo has put up an exhibition titled “Invisible Outlines” at the Jil Sander showroom on Via Luca Beltrami. The theme for this showcase implies: “The existence of items are blurred by manipulating outlines in various ways, or the viewers can recognize some existence of an item visually in their minds by making invisible outlines visible.”
Vases that float like jellyfish in the water, Nendo has submerged 30 vases of various sizes in a 1800 mm aquarium. The strength and direction of the water’s current is carefully adjusted so that the vases undulate moderately along the bottom of the tank like slowly moving jellyfish.
The vases are made out of ultrathin transparent silicon that has been dyed twice to give the impression that what is floating in the water is but a gradated silhouette of colours.
The design was to redefine the conventional roles of flower, water, and vase by making the water inconspicuous, with an ensemble of both flowers and vases floating inside the filled water, as opposed to simply showing off flowers in a water-filled vase.