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Oki Sato


was born in Toronto, Canada

in Japanese means clay.

and then graduated from the

This is a material

Department of Architecture,

with high plasticity,

School of Science and

freedom, flexibility, free

Engineering, Waseda University,

adjustability , which

as the top student in 2000. In

present the design spirit

2002, just after completing

of Oki Sato.

his academic course at the department of architecture of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Waseda University, he established the design office “Nendo�. His wide range of works includes product design, interior design, architecture, graphic design and corporate branding.

Biography 1977 Born in Toronto, Canada 2002 M.A. in Architecture, Waseda University, Tokyo Established “nendo” Tokyo office 2005 Established “nendo” Milan office 2006 “The 100 Most Respected Japanese” (Newsweek magazine) 2007 “The Top 100 Small Japanese Companies” (Newsweek magazine) 2010 A jury member of iF award 2012 Lecturer for Waseda University, Tokyo “Designer of the Year” (Wallpaper* “Designer of the Year” (ELLE DECO International Design Awards)

2013 “Guest of honor” (Toronto Interior Design Show) “Guest of honor” (Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair) 2015 “Designer of the Year” (Maison & Objet) “Interior Designers of the Year” (Iconic Awards) “CHANGE MAKER OF THE YEAR 2015” (Nikkei Online) 2016 “Designers Hot List” Number one (dezeen) A producer of World Design Capital Taipei Jury Chair for the Golden Pin Design Award 2017 “Store Design of the Year Award” (WORLD RETAIL AWARD) 2018 “2018 Blueprint Award for Design” (Blueprint Awards ) 2019 “Designer of the Year 2019” (AW Architektur & Wohnen magazine) “Industrial Designer” (Design Anthology Awards 2019)





01 Emotion

02 Outlines

Lampshower ......................8

Trace Container ................. 22

Soft Pond ...........................12

Thin Black Lines ................. 26

Stone Teapot .....................14

Skeleton ............................... 28

Sunset .................................18

This booklet is a practice

Typo and Layout:

for Typo and Layout

Szu-Yu Lin

class in Muthesius Art


Academy Kiel. Thanks

Dipl.-Des.Jens Hoeft

for kindly help from

Publication Date:

nendo design studio,


that provided me with high-resolution-images booklet without losing

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distortion. The most important thing is below: The copyright of all photos belongs to nendo. The use, distribution and transfer of the ownership without permission are strictly prohibited by copyright law. Thumbnail pictures can be used

Air Lids ................................ 32 Zippppper ........................... 36

only for inspection. Please contact for any other secondary use of the photographs by a third party. For the credit, please refer to Akihiro Yoshida.


so that I could print the





Client : AXOR Publication date : 2014.10 Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida


Oki Sato reinterprets familiar

Oki Sato works with optical

objects in his relaxed style and

effects and transparent elements

positions them in an unexpected

with his ShowerProducts for

context. The same is true for the

AXOR. Levity and humor are the

AXOR LampShower, developed

design principles of the shower

by the Nendo design studio with

series from the Nendo design

AXOR. It combines water and

studio. In the products, these

light in an unusual way. The

are combined with a special

designer blurs the boundaries

refinement in design and the

between the bathroom and other

materials used.

living areas.



AXOR LampShower designed by Nendo: The combination of light and water lends the shower an expanded, sensual dimension (Copyright: Alexander Schneider for AXOR).

Soft Pond

Client : Atelier Swarovski Publication date : 2019.01 Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida


A range of small crystal trays for

thinner towards the outer periphery,

“Atelier Swarovski Home�, a home

to create a gradient effect within

collection launched by an Austrian

the same depth of water. The result

crystal brand Swarovski, founded

is a small vessel that resembles a

in 1895.

small pond scooped up and placed

A unique quality of flat-cut

on the table. The trays come in

crystals, used for chandeliers and

four different sizes, all with change

dresses, is that the thicker the

of cutting at the same thickness,

material is, the more saturated its

aimed to make the depth of water

color gets. The same phenomenon

appear the same when using

appears in large bodies of water –

several vessels at the same time.

the deeper the lake is, the darker

The incline on the upper surface

its color. Therefore, a mix of crystal

was created using a technique

thicknesses was used in the

of acid pickling, controlling the

objects to gain a range of shades

desired proportion by gradually

and convey a feeling of depth.

enlarging the pool of acid.

The crystals were made by

The appearance of this liquid-

gradually increasing the thickness

based manufacturing process

from top down, starting with 4mm,

supplements the overall concept

5mm, 6mm, then 7mm. They were

by evoking the image of small

also tapered so they will become

ponds also during production.


Stone Teapot

Client : Zens Publication date : 2018.01 Collaborator : ttd Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida


Tea-ware and tableware lids

cups from making unpleasant

generally have a plain surface,

“clatter” when placed on a

but by creating “clump” shaped

table.Both lids have very low

lids giving each its own role, a

thermal conductivity, so the

tableware collection with a single

heat will not be a problem when

stone seemingly stacked on was

touched directly by hand.Similar


expressions were also developed

An iron kettle and a teapot for

on square, round and long plates.

Chinese tea, both with a lid made

The square and long plates,

of hollow silicon, the addition of

appear to have partially sunken

multiple holes on one side, the

expressions depending on the

lid enabled it to function as a

weight of the accompanying

tea strainer and keep loose tea

stone. These stones may also

leaves inside.By incorporating a

function as small pots and can

similar lid for a glass water jug,

be used by pouring sauces

it became possible to use it for

inside.For the round plates, the

cold brewing tea. In addition,

stone is sunken into the central

for high heat retention the lid

part, sauces may accumulate

of the Chinese tea cup was

further emphasizing the stone

made out of urethane foam with

and resulting in an independent

consideration to prevent the


The coffee pot, mugs, coffee dripper, milk jug and sugar bowl, all have a “stacked stones� design which may be used as is. For the coffee pot and mugs a stone-type dripper can be used instead of a lid, it is also possible to stack and carry the milk jug or


the sugar bowl on the pot.

18 Oki Sato reinterprets familiar objects in his relaxed style and positions them in an unexpected context. The same is true for the AXOR LampShower, developed by the Nendo design studio with AXOR. It combines water and light in an unusual way. The designer blurs the boundaries between the bathroom and other living areas.



Client : by | n Publication date : 2016.01 Collaborator : tyy Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida


It appears to be a normal white candle. But once lit, the centre of the candle begins to change colours as it burns: first to yellow, then orange, red, purple, and finally to blue. These colours reflect faintly off of the white wax surrounding the flame. The transition of colours is inspired by the shifting shades of light that paint the sunset sky. Each colour has its own accompanying scent: bergamot, lemongrass, sweet marjoram, lavender, and geranium. Not only does the candle provide illumination, but the transition of colours also serves as a reminder of the passage of time.





A new furniture collection and

every day. For example, because

a spatial presentation for the

of that, we do not put a vase in

entrance of the main exhibition

front of a door. It is essential for

hall at the “Collective Design”

a person who specializes in

held in New York in May, a fair


that enters its 4th year this

space design to be even more

year, to mark the honor of being

aware of this, as they have to

selected for the Collective

portray these “traces” onto

Influence exhibition for which

drawings. In the same manner,

one designer or studio is chosen

by visualizing such “traces” in

every year.

space, the various movement

Within the space where we live

of a door attached to a simple

there are items that “move”.

cabinet was implied. Other

They are furniture, doors and

“traces” that were chosen were

windows – Items that move in

the “trace” of a hanging light

relation to our daily activities. Although they may not be visible,

bulb swinging left and right, and

we are subconsciously aware of

the ”trace” of a beam of light that

the “traces” of their movements

is projected from lighting.

Client : Collective Design Pulication date : 2016.05 Collaborator : nis


Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida

A reception counter that indicates the “trace” of a door opening was shown like a frame-by frame advance feature. A new relationship between items and human beings is being pursued through the visualization of the numerous “traces” that we feel within our everyday lives.

26 2016.05 for Collective Design


‘Outlines’ were the theme of the exhibition. Slight black lines like the traces of sketches drawn in the air made transparent surfaces and volumes appear, which we assigned practical functions. The outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals. They are condensed expressions of meaning, similar to Japanese calligraphy. The designs gently break the relationship of before


A solo exhibition by Phillips

and behind, and traverse at times

de Pury & Company at the

the space between two and

Saatchi Gallery in London from

three dimensions. Multi-faceted

the London Design Festival in

and constantly morphing, they

September to the Frieze Art Fair

move alternately between the

in October.

becoming and collapse of form.

Client : Phillips de Pury Pulication date : 2010.11


Photographer : Masayuki Hayashi

A cutlery set designed for “the cutlery project�, a collection for the Belgian furniture and home accessories brand Valerie Objects. The cutlery has been reduced to the absolute minimum, limiting the amount of material used whilst still retaining its functionality, left remaining is the outline of the cutlery like the image of a skeleton reflected in an X-ray.


Client : Valerie objects Pulication date : 2018.09 Collaborator : fjt, mnd

There are four items, a spoon, fork, knife, and teaspoon. The cutlery is PVD coated in two different colours, silver and black to provide an anti-scratch and dirt-repellent surface.


Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida




Air Lids

A kitchenware collection focusing on different lid designs in collaboration with Daikin, an air conditioning equipment manufacturer. Daikin producesfluoroelastomer which is made from the same raw material that makes substances used in its air conditioning systems. Fluoroelastomer is


a high- performance rubber which is commonly used in the automotive industry. This material has outstanding heat, oil and acid resistance and excels in preventing changes in color and shape over a long period of time. This fluoroelastoemer, which is made from the same raw materials that assist in supplying pleasant air to people, has a silkier touch than regular silicone rubber, mimicking the same “airy� quality as if directly touching something materialized from the air itself, which normally cannot be touched. In order to best express the material’s characteristics and properties, a variety of functional kitchenware lids were designed each showcasing different possibilities.

Client : Daikin

Photographer + Filming : Akihiro Yoshida

Pulication date : 2018.04

Flim Director + Editing: mit


Collaborator : myt, nis

These lid designs aim to symbolize “something” between human and an object, and to convey the abstract feeling of air to be a bit more tangible, which in reality we cannot really “sense”.




1. Pick-up lid – a lid that can pick up together with seasonings from its container 2. Press lid – a lid for a liquid container that opens like a mouth when pressing down its top 3. Pinch lid – a lid that conceals a small spoon, which only appears when pinching its edge

4. Pull lid – a lid that is stretched from inside the container, closes its mouth with tension 5. Push lid – a lid that extrudes liquid from the container when being pushed in to it

Zippppper Project


Client : YKK

Movie : mit

Pulication date : 2017.10

Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida


Collaborator : nrs, umz

Five zippers, designed for YKK which manufactures and sells a diverse range of fastening products. In lieu of focusing on superficial finishings or decoration, it was important to take a step back and delve into the fundamental question, “What exactly is a zipper?�


Zipper that crosses 40 In contrast to ordinary zippers which can only be opened or closed in one Wart of the zipper is fixed by using four small elements that snap on to each other.



Zipper with gaps



Zipper to fasten three elements

While still keeping the typical usability of a zipper, new functions were intended with the creation of gaps, such as breathability, flexibility and the means to pass cords or cables, by fastening at “points” rather than in a “line”. Elements are fastened on top of each other like a


button and not side by side.

By moving a three pronged shaped slider, three sets of elements are twisted together, making it possible to go beyond the” flat “dimension and bind fabrics “three dimensionally.” In a single space, three compartments can be simultaneously separated or connected together.


Originally zippers have a “start point”


and an “end point” but by connecting

to seamlessly fasten around

it became possible to successively add



Zipper with a rotating motion

the two, 360 degrees accessibility from any direction was achieved. Moreover, circular parts one after the other.

45 While pulling a slider with one hand, the other hand should hold the bottom of the material so that the zipper stretches linearly making it open and close smoothly. This may be “stressful” to some people, and resolved it by

replacing the “linear motion” with a “rotating motion”. When the disc-like slider is rotated, the internal gear clamps the elements and they open and close simultaneously with the movement.


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