Oki Sato was born in 1977 in Canada. He is now the face behind Nendo studio dedicated to art furniture that besides simple lines has very creative touches.
He has been studying architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo, where he graduated in 2002. This same year, the Nendo studio was created. At the time being, the studio plays a part on the international scene and has offices in Tokyo and Milan.
Nendo is the Japanese word for ‘Clay’ and the group’s motto is ‘designing freely, thinking flexibly.’ The Nendo studio has created many-award winning products illustrating a continued conversation between people and objects. The group believes that ‘every design needs the balance between fascination and flavor.’ The Group has also been named by Newsweek magazine as one of ‘Japan’s top 100 respected company’s’. Their designs have been produced by Cappellini, De Padova, Guzzini, Oluce, Tod’s, Cartier, Puma, Camper, Moroso, Starbucks, Lexus and recently BoConcept with the ‘Fusion’ collection.
The Japanese designer draws inspiration in Japanese tradition to create artworks anchor in his time. This displays has refine shapes, typical of his designs, with a touch of humour and conviviality.
The company philosophy:
“Giving people a small ” ! ” moment.
There are so many small ” ! ” moments hidden in our everyday.
But we don’t recognize them.
and even when we do recognize them,we tend to unconsciously reset our
minds and forget what we’ve seen.
But we believe these small ” ! ” moments are what make our days so
interesting, so rich.
That’s why we want to reconstitute the everyday by collecting and
reshaping them into something that’s easy to understand.”
Since the creation of his studio, Oki Sato has received many awards such as: the Good Design Award, the German Design Award, the Elle Deco International Design Award and in 2012 the Designer of the year status attributed by Wallpaper* magazine.
Nendo’s work is represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery. See more artists the gallery joins to at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, selective choice.