Thin Black Table
“The Thin Black table originated as part of the ‘thin black lines’ collection, organized by Phillips de Pury and shown in London at the Saatchi Gallery in autumn 2010. We kept the shape of the table but shrank it to an easily usable size. This allowed us to trim the 10mm thick steel plates to all of 6mm, creating a table that looks like a sketch drawn in midair, and developing our original design concept even more vividly than before.” – Oki Sato
Nendo once again delivers a fabulously illusionary table design in three dimensions that both creates and mimics geometric optical art drawings in two dimensions. The Thin Black table is actually the resulting assemblage of the intersection of two offset cubes; the upper profile L‑shape that is created supports an ultra-thin glass top allowing the design to function as a surface. This irony of “instability” and its associated visual drama is a recurring design element that figures prominently in many of Nendo’s designs. The Thin Black table is composed of matte black powder-coated steel. An extraordinary piece that becomes an instant visual treat in any interior space it occupies.
Oki Sato is Chief Designer and Founder of Nendo. Born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada, he received his M.Arch. from Waseda University, Tokyo in 2002. He established the design studio “nendo” in the same year. His activity in the design world has not been limited to only one area but is rather multifarious, spanning from graphic and product design to designing furniture, installations, windows, and interiors, and even reaches into the realm of architecture. He has been chosen by the Newsweek magazine as one of “The 100 Most Respected Japanese” and won many “Designer of the Year” mention by Wallpaper and Elle Decor magazines. Nendo can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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