New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is North America's premier event for contemporary design, each year drawing tens of thousands of interior designers, architects, designers, retailers and distributors. Over 500 companies from all over the world gather to present the latest trends and innovations of the design world, displaying furniture, carpet and flooring, lighting, materials, wall coverings, textiles and kitchen and bath for residential and commercial interiors.
This prestigious arena was where Nendo's acclaimed Stone Garden installation made its final showing, bringing to close a successful world tour with stops in Toronto's Interior Design Show and Milan Design Week.
Nendo's creative director, Oki Sato used 200 Caesarstone surfaces in 9 different colours, among them 5 from the new Supernatural collection, to create a dynamic landscape inspired by the precise aesthetic of the Japanese garden. The table-like surfaces were arranged in a way that creates the illusion of a floating scenery, each supported by a simple metal rod and secured by an overlapping design. The surfaces are artfully removed from their familiar living space surroundings and transported into an artistic context. In this new environment, their aesthetic qualities are re-discovered by the viewers, and they are fully revealed as a powerful and expressive material.
For ICFF, Sato made sure to modify the Stone Garden's structure and composition to correspond perfectly with the showing space, imbuing the installation with new meaning and impression.