Monster Cabaret

17 - 22 April 2018
Teatro Gerolamo
Piazza Ceasare Beccaria 8, Milan

Something Underneath by Nendo

“Something” is there! It might be hidden right in front of our eyes, but we won’t be able to see it. “Abstract ideas of the unknown – invisible and elusive – are the things that define a monster,” says Oki Sato about his work.


Oki Sato, chief designer of Nendo, was born in 1977 in Toronto. His design studio is based in Tokyo and, in the field of design, his name is rapidly gaining momentum. His goal is to offer a fresh perspective on design by means of combining the philosophy of eco-design with the traditional processes of manufacturing inspired by daily life.

His monsters are rooted in Japanese culture. The concept called “eight million gods” is based on the personification of the intangible and unexplainable, and created out of fear of the unknown. Another Japanese folklore tradition is known as “yokai,” which posits that all things possess a spirit – a soul or life force – of some sort. That untouchable, unseen, abstract “something” is Nendo´s monster, hidden under a sliver of of cloth or a sheet of paper.

“By playing with the idea of the unknown, the invisible and the elusive, we created a monster,” added Oki Sato. We don´t know much about these monsters, we just know that there are four types of them. Four different “somethings” under the glass sheet – something small, something long, something jagged and something big.

My monsters

What monsters were you afraid as a child?

You never forget your first monster. Mine was my pet hamster. As a young boy, I was taking care of my hamster and one day while I was cleaning his cage he bit my finger and I started bleeding. It made me realize, that monsters don´t have to be big and scary like the ones in TV, they can hide under a small, cute and fluffy exterior.

Find your monsters

Teatro Gerolamo

Piazza Cesare Becaria 8, Milan


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