Japanese designer Oki Sato has designed the new Woven Table collection for “nendo: invisible outlines”, a retrospective exhibition held at Grand-Hornu in the suburbs of Mons, Belgium from May 2017.
Lines can be weaved into baskets or mesh and create a “surface”. However, an ambiguous expression was the objective of this collection where the detailing of a portion of the smooth surface was weaved, so that it can look as though the “lines” are in the process of forming a “surface”, or conversely the “surface” can look as though they are being disassembled into “lines”.
Since the shape cannot be made from one single metal surface, each individual part was created and then seamlessly interconnected and meticulously polished. After partially masking, the mesh was slightly emphasized with two slightly different shades of white.
Grand-Hornu is a former colliery turned into a museum and was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2012.
Debuted during this year’s Milan Design Week 2017, “nendo: invisible outlines” will features 79 works divided into 12 categories. 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.
The exhibition will be on show at Grand-Hornu (Rue Sainte-Louise, 82 7301 Hornu – Belgium) from May 21, till October 1, 2017.
all images © Hiroshi Iwasaki