The Space in Between

Arriving in Israel all the way from Japan, Oki Sato’s work is not to be missed

16 ביוני 2016

Oki Sato is no ordinary man: the leading designer is considered one of the most notable talents in the current generation of international designers. Fourteen years ago, when he was just 25, he founded award-winning design office Studio Nendo. Born in Canada, he was active in a wide range of fields prior to this one, including interior design, product design, and graphic design. A testament to his great success, Sato was previously crowned ‘Designer of the Year’ by both Wallpaper magazine and Elle Décor.

Photo by Akihiro Yoshida
Photo by Akihiro Yoshida

The Design Museum Holon has been chosen as the venue for Studio Nendo’s first display of contemporary Japanese design. At last, Sato has arrived in Israel. The large-scale, retrospective exhibition is taking over both the interior and the exterior grounds of the museum, featuring a combination of Sato’s old and newer pieces, demonstrative of his career life-cycle. Curator Maria Cristina Diderot explains that the theme is narrative: telling the story Oki Sato’s unique career up until the present day.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwasaki
Photo by Hiroshi Iwasaki

With the primary aim to ensure visitors experience a first-hand feeling, the scene is set to broaden the mind of the viewer, showing 74 works within six categorical spaces. Take a look at one of the most intriguing parts of the exhibition: a presentation of 20 different types of rain, demonstrating the relationship between Japanese culture and nature. Another work focuses on the factors that determine the flavor of chocolate, including the origin and type of cocoa. Nendo creates a new concept for chocolate based on shape, texture, and unique elements – it really gets you thinking. And the rest of the works will encourage a continuation of the thought-provoking and immersive journey: from an Umbrella that has a life of its own, to the drinking chess game and the inflatable lighting shades.

Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

Anything is possible in ‘The Space in Between.’ Sato’s thesis relies on this space; he explores the idea of what is ‘un-designed and in-between.’ Studio Nendo’s designs stay true to this thesis, filling in gaps and spaces between existing pre-conceptions. A great visit for those looking to be nothing less than thoroughly inspired.

Photo by Desalto
Photo by Desalto

Jun 8- Oct 30. Mon, Wed 10:00- 16:00, Tues, Thurs, Sat 10:00- 18:00, Fri 10:00- 14:00, Sun- Closed. Design Museum Holon, Pinkhas Eilon St. 8, Holon (07-32151515/dmh.org.il)