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Shivering Bowls by Nendo

Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki | Movie: Takahisa Araki 

Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki | Movie: Takahisa Araki 

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Nendo created Shivering Bowls for the KAMA. Sex & Design exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. Eight designers were asked to produce a piece that explores the idea of eros, the Greek term for erotic love, and Nendo responded by creating an extremely thin bowl from silicon.

The bowl changes shape when touched by a finger or buffeted by a breeze, as the movie shows."We wanted to express eros through a design that invokes desire - a design that viewers simply can't bear not to touch," said the designers.

Shivering Bowls

A set of bowls for the KAMA. Sex & Design exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. The curators asked eight designers to create an object, in conjunction with an exhibition that explored ideas of eros in design from ancient times to the present, from a cultural anthropology and mythical perspective.

We located the intersection of eros and design in the spiritual pleasure provided by an object's touch, and decided to make an extremely thin bowl out of silicon for our contribution. The bowl resembles a ceramic one, but with a tension to this perception, generated by the extreme thinness that would be impossible to achieve with clay. The bowl changes shape as easily as liquid when it is touched, and continues to quiver momentarily in response to the outside force. We wanted to express eros through a design that invokes desire - a design that viewers simply can't bear not to touch.

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