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Nendo Melts Marble At Milan Design Week

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As a material, marble is hard and smooth, a metamorphic form of limestone that is synonymous with opulence. In collaboration with Marsotto Edizioni, Japanese studio Nendo created an exhibition where such formal characteristics of marble were artfully challenged.

Launched at Milan Design Week in 2018, the white-walled space was used to highlight Marsotto’s expertise in marble processing in an unusual way. Rather than displaying the pieces traditionally, Nendo designed a series of innovative pedestals and platforms to that became as significant to the exhibition as the works themselves. Crafted from a dark marble; the furniture pieces are linear and sharp-edged, while the pedestals and platforms have rounded edges and a surface that ripples like water. The objects appear to sink into these puddles, morphing and melting into marble puddles.

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All images © Takumi Ota