Nendo's Minimalism Meets Ron Arad's Sweeping Curves

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By Allie Weiss
The first retrospective of the Japanese studio's work finds a home in Arad's curvilinear museum.

Prolific studio Nendo is the subject of Design Museum Holon's latest showcase, curated by Maria Cristina Didero.

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Design Museum Holon, Israel's national design museum, hosts a retrospective exhibition of Japanese studio Nendo, on view through October 29, 2016. The museum, designed by Ron Arad Architects, features five curved bands of Cor-Ten steel that frame a central courtyard space, a fitting backdrop for the minimalist geometries found in Nendo principal Oki Sato's work.

Design Museum Holon, Israel's national design museum, hosts a retrospective exhibition of Japanese studio Nendo, on view through October 29, 2016. The museum, designed by Ron Arad Architects, features five curved bands of Cor-Ten steel that frame a central courtyard space, a fitting backdrop for the minimalist geometries found in Nendo principal Oki Sato's work.

The courtyard contains a site-specific installation called "In the Shade" that features sheets of colored glass by Glas Italia anchored by Caesarstone pedestals.

The courtyard contains a site-specific installation called "In the Shade" that features sheets of colored glass by Glas Italia anchored by Caesarstone pedestals.

The work's overlapping layers of color and transparency respond to the patterns of light and shade created by the surrounding architecture.

The work's overlapping layers of color and transparency respond to the patterns of light and shade created by the surrounding architecture.

A garden made up of 155 pieces of Caesarstone quartz also meanders through the museum's outdoor space. 

A garden made up of 155 pieces of Caesarstone quartz also meanders through the museum's outdoor space. 

Inside, the exhibition features over 70 works by the studio, arranged in a labyrinth-like cluster of pavilions with cutout openings.

Inside, the exhibition features over 70 works by the studio, arranged in a labyrinth-like cluster of pavilions with cutout openings.

Lighting, products, and furniture by Nendo are featured in the display, which captures six "in between spaces" that inform the studio's design process.

Lighting, products, and furniture by Nendo are featured in the display, which captures six "in between spaces" that inform the studio's design process.

Oki Sato's sketches line a hallway and staircase in the museum.

Oki Sato's sketches line a hallway and staircase in the museum.