Milan – Design studio Nendo unveiled 10 collaborations with Japanese manufacturers that embody the concept of motion. Each project at the Forms of Movement exhibition was based on the premise that objects either react to people, or people respond to an object, depending on its form or function.
With a clear focus on advanced technologies, state-of-the-art mechanisms and unconventional materials, the exhibition explored the theme through various guises.
One stand-out installation was manufacturer INAC and Nendo's Variations of Time. On display were four hourglasses carved from a volume of transparent acrylic and then polished by hand with fine metal needles tipped with abrasives. The resulting unconventional chambers and organically shaped cavities change the speed and angle of the flow of sand, and therefore the perception of the flow of time as it moves freely within the structure.
One hourglass has five minutes’ worth of sand divided into two cavities. Three minutes’ worth of sand accumulates in the left chamber, and then, when completely full, the sand falls into the right chamber for an additional two minutes. The use of precision engineering and merging of expertise enabled Nendo and INAC to attempt to ‘design time itself’.
For further reading on manufacturing and fabrication developments, read our forthcoming material innovation debrief from Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2018.