Japanese design collective Nendo will present black&black, the inaugural collection of Singaporean design brand K%, at this year's Salone del Mobile.
This will be Oki Sato's first collection as the design director of K%, as the co-founder of Nendo looks to further expand his operations. black&black, according to Sato, concentrates on "perfecting the balance between structure and function in furniture, without the unnecessary distraction of new materials, technique and colour." It is intended as an exploration of the fundamental elements of objects and as the name suggests, exclusively features pieces that are black. This stripped back approach to form is exemplified in melt – a chair whose outline describes a continuous curve from the back legs through the backrest, arm and front legs; a form in which all of the structural elements of a chair melt into one.
The black&black exhibition marks the first in a series of collections that will see a number of different designers collaborate with K%. Nendo have created an expansive range to mark their involvement in the project which encompasses pieces for living spaces, lighting and accessories. K% was founded in 2011 by Nendo and K Projects and aims make quality furniture that is not only creative in its design, but also accessible and affordable.
The K% collections will, for the most part, be made from woods and metals with the promise of "extensive play on the variety of natural, great details and high-quality finishes" through the numerous collaborations within each range. black&black also features pieces by Studio JuJu and Exit Design.
32 Via Tortona, Milan
17 to 22 April 2012