Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Now in Futuristic 2D!

Since the release of James Cameron’s Avatar last year, 3D films have become a hot trend. With films like Alice in Wonderland and the release of state-of-the-art 3D televisions from companies like Samsung and Toshiba, it seems like everyone is interested in making flat images into three-dimensional experiences.

The Japanese design firm Nendo, on the other hand, has turned this idea on its head. They have designed a series of household items (chairs, coffee tables, lamps) that appear to be simple, two-dimensional line drawings, but are actually real three-dimensional objects. The two collections (“Thin Black Lines” and “Blurry White Surfaces”) have been on display in London since September 20 (in fact “Thin Black Lines” is housed at the Saatchi Gallery.)

Nendo’s proclaimed mission is “giving people a small ‘!’ moment.” Those rare “wow” experiences that can sometimes give you a real jolt. With these two collections, they’ve succeeded. These are addictive to look at, and they stimulate the senses in a truly original way.


Susan P. said...

Yes..very intriguing to look at.

Manoj Balakrishnan said...

I don't have words... just.. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW

Chris said...

Always one for eclectic coverage on ur blog Kev. Guess that is why I keep coming back. Actually, 2D animated motion can sometimes tell stories more emotively than 3D or with more visual originality than a lot of the 3D Avatar spawned. Avatar was great story telling and knowing how to harness telling a great story within technology, but I’m not sure about many other “hot” 3D movies. I often take the glasses off, preferring the blur! I think one wants 3D sparks to ignite the story and art form, like Avatar did. Going back to the simplicity of 2D, I think you can get a real sense of telling a story or paying tribute to a story already told. And that depends on the purity of drawing skills too. I think young Melbourne based 2D Animator, Sonia Mansour is deservedly recognized by the Queens Street Film Festival and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2D animation for the purity of her drawing. Here is a great example, if you can make this YouTube link live on your blog: http://www.youtube.com/user/chrisMsimon#p/a/u/2/2eivTiZY86s

If not, it is well worth doing a search of Sonia Mansour art and drawings. We have been content collaborating for a year now and look likely to be doing so for some years into the future. We both occasionally tire of some of the social media inability to be ethical in their handling of art, but we are passionate about making ethical art and video together ^_^

And still on 2D simplicity and your Nendo story, I like Swarovski repeated cuts into large pieces of crystal to make the Nendo Puzzles. Interesting stuff this week on your blog with Google Zeitgeist Conference links and love history on “Accidentally Brilliant”. Thank goodness for serendipity and thanks for sharing.
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