Sharing concepts, giving inspiration, improving common objects making them easy to use: this is the vision of Japanese architect and designer Oki Sato on nowadays design. Born in Canada in 1977, since 2002 he’s the head of design office Nendo, based in Tokyo with offices in Milan and Singapore. He is one of the most expected designers every year at Milano Design Week.
He’s already won many awards: Designer of the Year for the English magazine Wallpaper in 2012, and for Maison & Objet in 2015, the Good Design Award, the German Design Award, the Elle Deco International Design Award and many others that made him an outstanding figure and reference in the world of design.
This year at Superstudio he presented 10 projects, Forms of movement, a ten-step path involving different common “subjects”, each one highlighted by a black cube: movement, points of view, matericity and usability.
A jewelery box made of fluorite spheres moving in many directions. A zipper developed in 5 different models that create intersections, closures and joints that can be opened easily with one hand. A sheet of paper that –apparently– is a torch that produces warm light towards outside and neutral light to the inside.
The studio faces the concepts of softness in clear antithesis with polycarbonate sheets; lightness with kitchen utensils in collaboration with Daikin; and matericity with texturized wood and canvas tiles. The installation plays with point of views, vases that change design depending on the distance from which they are observed, optical illusions of tables, fabrics and hourglasses that seem to mark time and a shutter that blooms according to the sun and man’s movements.
If this journey through Nendo-imagination would need a souvenir to be remembered, at the exit some vending machines dispense capsules with mini sculptures signed by the Japanese studio.
Design spreads ideas, we await the next flowering.
pictures via Designbest.com