During the upcoming 2017 Milan Design Week, renowned Japanese design studio nendo will unveil a collection of vases that float like jellyfish in the water. 30 vases of various sizes are placed in a 1800 mm aquarium filled with water and the strength and direction of the water’s current is carefully adjusted so that they undulate moderately. 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.
The collection will be unveiled as part of the Oki Sato’s exhibition on the theme of “extract the outlines” that will show 16 different works for the first time in Europe at Jil Sander Showroom in Milan.
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