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THE “!” MOMENT
「!」的瞬間

棋人作為創意行業的一員,就如日本設計工作室Nendo一樣,希望讓人感受到「!」的一剎。我們不愛隨波逐流、不甘於平庸乏味,相信好的設計能為生活營造驚喜。如果說設計可以改變世界,似乎略有誇誇其談之嫌,但只要我們細心欣賞Nendo的設計,便會發現設計的確能扭轉我們的生活和思維方式,進而改變世界。

如像黏土般
佐藤大是Nendo工作室的創辦人,他出生於加拿大,及後回到日本定居,2000年以第一名畢業於早稻田大學建築系。本來正逐步邁向建築路上的他,卻因兩年後參加了米蘭家具展,看到不少鼎鼎大名的建築師皆涉足家具設計的行列,故開始對工業設計的前衛思想心生景仰。於是,他成立了Nendo工作室,立志要成為全方位的設計師。日語中,「nendo」一詞是黏土的意思,寄予工作室可一如其名,創造出超乎想像、不受拘束,並具有可塑性的設計。縱使佐藤大手上總有接不完的項目,但他仍會參與繪畫草圖、包裝和發布會等工作。凡事親力親為,沒有別的原因,全因他純粹地喜歡設計,享受靈機一觸的片刻。

眼見未為真
Nendo的設計總會令人產生「!」的感覺。佐藤大改變物件的使用方式,讓我們重新思考「功能」與「形式」之間的關係。在「Sinking About Furniture」的作品中,他故意砍掉家具的一部分,弄成載浮載沉的樣子。廣告亦有云︰「藥箱都能變成首飾箱」,那椅子變成雨傘架、書架變成工作枱,又何以不能呢?杯子固然是飲品的容器,不過我們也許可以參考「Not Just A Cup」的靈活變通,讓杯子化身為各式各樣的物件。而「Thin Black Lines」則是佐藤大其中一系列的經典作品,在光影折射下,騰空的黑色弧線變化多端,讓人宛如在2D 與 3D 的空間裏踟躕,撲朔迷離。他的作品讓人理解到,設計不一定要依仗浮誇的色彩和體積來嘩眾取寵,只要意念獨特,平實簡約的設計也會帶來驚喜。

抓緊生活細節
對於設計師來說,想像力與觀察力都缺一不可。佐藤大的作品充分展現了他對生活的敏銳觸覺,不論是建築物、家具、衣物,甚或朱古力,他都可以出色地完成其設計。例如為了整齊排列餐具,並且避免它們掉到地上,他在餐具加上凹陷位,方便掛於碗碟上。很多時候,好的設計就是源於生活中微小的觀察,以及一個「想要令生活變得更好」的渴望。

撰文:王以珞
美術:王曉澄

As a member of the creative industry, Chessman is similar to Nendo, a Japanese design studio, which hopes to make people feel the “!” moment. With the faith that a good design can fill our lives with great surprise, we do not like to dance in others’ tune, or conform to the mediocrity either. If we say a single design can change the world, you would probably think we might have laid it on a bit thick. But indeed, when you appreciate the design works of Nendo, you will discover that design can really reshape our lives and mindsets, thereby changing the world.

Just Like the Clay
Nendo was founded by Sato Oki, who was born in Canada and later moved to Japan, where he graduated from architecture major at Waseda University in 2000. At first, he had decided to pursue his career as an architect. Two years later, however, he paid a visit to the furniture fair in Milan, and this exhibitions unveiled his passion for industrial design and influenced his life forever. During his visit to the fair, he happened to realize that many world-famous architects also participated in furniture design. Therefore, he established the Nendo studio and determined to be a prolific designer. In Japanese, “nendo” literally refers to modeling clay, embodying the studio can be like clay—to create different designs with high flexibility beyond people’s imaginations and all sorts of boundaries. Even though he has to work on dozens of projects at the same time, he would directly involve in all the projects, such as doing sketches, designing packaging and preparing for the new design release conference. He does all these things in person just because he has a deep affection for design work and is overjoyed by every light-bulb moment.

What You See May Not Be True
The design works of Nendo always give us a “!” moment. Sato Oki likes to alter the ways we use different objects, leading us to reconsider the relationship between “function” and “form”. In the work “Sinking About Furniture”, he deliberately cut down some parts of the furniture to make them look as if they are sinking into the floor. These furniture might have lost their original functions, yet they become something new with other usages. Normally, we use a cup when we want to drink something. But hold on, take a second to look at Nendo’s “Not Just A Cup” and you will find more ways to use a cup. “Thin Black Lines” is one of the classic works of Sato Oki. Under the light, the black lines on the furniture are very dynamic, and that make us wonder whether the furniture are 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional. Sato Oki’s works tell us that a good design does not simply depend on its color and size, but the idea in it. A simple design can come as a huge surprise.

Grasp Every Little Bit in Life
The ability to imagine and observe are both quintessential to a designer. Being able to master the design works of architectures, furniture, clothes, and even chocolates, Sato Oki perfectly reveals his sensitivity to the beauty in life, as well as his ability to improve life. For instance, he designed a cutlery set like the image of a skeleton, which can be hooked on bowls and plates. As simple as it may be, very often, a good design just stems from a small observation and a desire to make life better.

Text: Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #211

THE “!” MOMENT

 

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