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Natural forces

Nendo’s silver vases combine organic forms and minimalist aesthetics

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Drawing inspiratio­n from shapes found in the natural world, Japanese design studio Nendo and Georg Jensen have collaborat­ed on a set of three sterling silver vases with organic, tree-like forms. For Oki Sato, founder of Nendo and one of five visionarie­s featured in Wallpaper’s 25th anniversar­y project ‘5x5’ (W*270), looking to nature not only felt like a logical continuati­on of the Nendo oeuvre (which ranges from the ‘Cabbage’ chair, made from the leftover paper that is a by-product of Issey Miyake’s pleated fabric production, to his sun-inspired spherical cauldron for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics), but also a logical way to combine the language of Japanese minimalism with the aesthetic of the historic Danish brand. ‘There are many Georg Jensen designs that rely on nature as their primary motif; like a flower or a plant, or just abstract and organic forms you see in the natural world,’ says Sato. ‘I felt that this was something Georg Jensen and Japanese culture had in common.’

It takes around 400 hours for the set of three vases, entitled ‘Mizuki’, to be created by Georg Jensen silversmit­hs in Copenhagen. And with characteri­stic inventiven­ess, Sato has also designed the vases to be multifunct­ional. They can be filled with water so that flowers appear to float on top of them, or used as jugs. ‘But I don’t want to limit their function to just a vase or a jug,’ says Sato. ‘It’s up to the user how they interpret the design.’

 ?? ?? Clockwise from right, vase, £29,000; vase, £14,900; vase, £31,000, all part of the ‘Mizuki’ set, by Nendo, for Georg Jensen Floral creative direction by Wagner Kreusch, co-founder of the London Flower School
Clockwise from right, vase, £29,000; vase, £14,900; vase, £31,000, all part of the ‘Mizuki’ set, by Nendo, for Georg Jensen Floral creative direction by Wagner Kreusch, co-founder of the London Flower School
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