Nendo designed a collection of tables for Invisible Outlines, a large-scale retrospective exhibition held at Grand-Hornu in Belgium from May 21st to October 1st 2017.
Grand-Hornu is a former colliery turned into a museum and it has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2012.
Invisible Outlines is the idea to perceive the existence and positioning of objects by subconsciously following outlines, and by distinguishing the inside and outside of these contours.
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.
Photography, Hiroshi Iwasaki
Invisible Outlines Exhibition at Grand-Hornu
Photography, Takumi Ota
If you have the chance to see that Exhibition, let me know what you thought about it.