Friedman Benda’s upcoming exhibitions include Oki Sato: Nendo Sees Kyoto (September 8-October 15), Faye Toogood Assemblage 7: Lost and Found (October 7- November 12), and Raphael Navot: On the Same Subject (October 27-December 10).
Initially presented across historic, World Cultural Heritage sites in Kyoto, Japan, Nendo sees Kyoto, saw the design practice Nendo, led by Oki Sato, collaborate for the first time with six local master artisans, each steeped in ancient Japanese craft methodologies. The resultant far-reaching body of work sees traditional Japanese materials, techniques and cultural objects recast through Nendo’s pioneering lens.
Faye Toogood will present Assemblage 7: Lost and Found, the designer’s third solo exhibition with Friedman Benda. Burrowing into Britain’s material history and its important role in defining national culture, Assemblage 7 sees Toogood engage with oak and Purbeck Marble – native materials with deep, historic roots to create final forms that allude to that which may have been hidden by time.
Friedman Benda is also pleased to present On the Same Subject, Raphael Navot’s first solo gallery exhibition. One of the rising form-givers in the field, Navot communicates through a collective language harnessing the power of universal symbolic archetypes. An homage to the natural world, this series features a dialogue between handcraft and the natural landscape—referring to the very origins of furniture: a pile of rounded rocks that invites sitting, a supported sliced pebble that becomes a usable surface.