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Design Currents: Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, Zanini de Zanine

November 19, 2016 - March 12, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

nendo [Established, Tokyo, 2002] Scatter Shelf, 20...

nendo [Established, Tokyo, 2002]
Scatter Shelf, 2011
71 x 26.5 x 47.25 inches
180.3 x 67.3 x 120 cm

Design Currents: Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, Zanini de Zanine

This exhibition will present the work of three young contemporary designers – Oki Sato (Japan), Faye Toogood (England), and Zanini de Zanine (Brazil) – who employ both industrial and artisanal materials and techniques to create functional objects with an emotional quality. By exploring how these designers’ flexible skill sets, entrepreneurial drive, and cultural backgrounds are made manifest in the work they have created, the exhibition will look at the links between context and creativity in design and manufacturing.

Dedicating a section to each individual studio, separate from but visually connected to the others, the exhibition will convey each designer’s formal and visual language. It will also include archival or process materials alongside finished objects, exploring the design process and “culture” of each studio and attesting to the skills of craftsmanship, material knowledge, and collaboration that these designers mobilize in their practices.

Collab, the Museum’s group for modern and contemporary design, will present a new award to Sato, Toogood, and Zanine. Honoring young talents, the Design Excellence: New Generation award will be a recurring complement to the longstanding Design Excellence Award, allowing Collab and the Museum to highlight emerging trends and the work of dynamic younger designers alongside established honorees.


Kate Higgins, Guest Curator and Colin Fanning, Curatorial Fellow, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture


Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Collab Gallery

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