Nendo Pays Tribute to Japanese Comic Books
Nendo’s scope continues to broaden—from furniture and interiors to shoes, chocolates, and now a tribute to Japanese comic books. Their visual language jumps off the page to define the expressive seats in “50 Manga Chairs,” as each abstract outline in mirror-polished stainless steel blurs the boundary between a utilitarian object and artwork. First presented at Milan’s 12th-century Basilica San Simpliciano during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the show has moved, through October 29, to New York gallery Friedman Benda, where the more austere white-box surroundings called for additional effects. So Nendo founder and creative director Oki Sato tapped anime director Yusuke Fujikawa to produce black-and-white projections for the gallery’s walls and chose an ambient synthesizer soundtrack as accompaniment.