There are always so many fantastic exhibitions and events happening during Milan Design week, and this year was no different. The Invisible Outlines exhibition from Japanese design brand Nendo, was a clear favourite. Luxury fashion brand Jil Sander played host to the show in their Milan store, after a recent collaboration; The Objectextile collection, which includes fabrics created by Nendo through a process of experimenting with 2D and 3D, which were then turned in a Fashion collection by the Jil Sander design team. The whole show was a visual master piece, with so many amazing textures created from the simplest of forms.⠀
“We tend to perceive the existence and positioning of objects by subconsciously following “outlines”, and by distinguishing the “inside and outside” of these contours. This also means that objects with obscure outlines cannot always be identified as objects, and conversely if outlines are visible, that information which is not visible can be subconsciously supplemented.
The exhibition takes this fundamental principle into account, and the following ideas were implemented as a theme. 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. In total 16 collections were amassed including the following: “border table” which presents a fragmented contour of rooms, “trace collection” capturing “traces” of movement, “un-printed material”, a piece that portrays various forms and expressions of paper through outline, “80 sheets of mountains” which features mountain range using outlines with cut and elongated sheet material, “objectextile” a collaboration project with Jil Sander, where contours of 3D objects are retrieved and turned into textile, and “jellyfish vase” a new piece that attempts to reestablish the relationship between vase and water with colour boundaries.”
Nendo , 2017