nendo abstracts archetypes of manga comics

Friedman Benda and nendo present 50 Manga Chairs: the installation of stainless steel chairs made its European premiere at Basilica Minore di San Simpliciano, in conjunction with Salone del Mobile Milano, April 12-17, 2016 and its American premiere will take place in a solo exhibition at the Friedman Benda gallery in New York, September 8 – October 15, 2016. With this exhibition, nendo abstracts archetypes of manga comics. The chairs are happy, distressed, embarrassed, surprised; they leap and bound, zoom past, or slowly slink away. Each chair has its own personality, allowing it to stand on its own or, when placed next to the others, to become part of a collective narrative. A different configuration creates a different story; the chairs come alive in a symphonious display of nendo’s playful Japanese design. 50 Manga Chairs is Friedman Benda’s third solo show with nendo and the Japanese design group’s most ambitious body of work to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design © nendo

Info © Friedman Benda

Images © Takumi Ota and Kenichi Sonehara

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