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Nendo Meets Sèvres Meets Nature

The Japanese collective collaborated with the artisans of the Manufacture de Sèvres to produce a series of special-edition objects inspired by nature

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Text by Rab Messina
Photography by Gérard Jonca

After the presentation of the Sakura vase during last year’s Milan Design Week, Japanese collective Nendo and the Manufacture de Sèvres have another collaboration to display: Nendo à Sèvres.

This collection of porcelain pieces was inspired by nature. It includes a group of objects that follow the specific shape of water lily leaves, and a series of standing bells in Sèvres blue and gold that make use of the interesting sonority of porcelain itself.

The design firm found inspiration in the history of the manufacturing powerhouse, and in the exceptional techniques that its artisans employ to this day. The goal with this creative bridge, director Oki Sato explained, was to synthesise a respect for tradition and the transmission of know-how with the points of divergence between the French and the Japanese cultures.

“I think the deep and radical links between Sèvres and Nendo are in their common approach to nature,” said Sato after the experience.

The results of this collaboration are on display at the Galerie de Sèvres until July 25

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