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Brief Published: 10 Apr 2017

Aqueous Gradients: Nendo’s Jellyfish Vase

Capturing the mood of the moment for designs that appear lightweight and transparent, Japanese brand Nendo has created a collection of 30 ultra-thin silicone vases for Milan Design Week that challenge the vessel's traditional role. Here, the vases are placed in a tank of water – the inconspicuous force supports the fragile silicone forms and also sustains the flowers.

The ethereal shapes gently move as the water current is adjusted to form the tranquil appearance of jellyfish moving through the space. Each vase has been twice-dyed sky blue and violet for a "graduated silhouette of colour". This allows the curator to layer the forms and alter the depth of colour to create countless enchanting compositions.

See our S/S 18 Colour Direction Chroma for more inspiration. It includes a palette of 13 colours and further applications that complement this subtle and simplified use of colour, which balances delicate traces that appear as gentle dispersions of light or pigment.

Hosted at the Jill Sanders store, the installation formed part of Nendo's Milan Design Week exhibition Invisible Outlines, which explored how we read forms through line. "We tend to perceive the existence and positioning of objects by subconsciously following 'outlines', and by distinguishing the 'inside and outside' of these contours," said Nendo founder and chief designer Oki Sato.

The work was on view from April 4-9 2017.