Poetic design from Japan.

Designer and architect Oki Sato.

Skilful playing with visual effects.

Cutting-edge design by Nendo. Simple. Minimalist. And always unexpected. The creations from the Japanese design studio break with convention. They create that ‘wow’ effect. And are easy to understand.

“Good design is when I can explain my ideas to my grandmother or to a young child.” The architect and designer Oki Sato named his studio after the Japanese word for modelling clay. A clue that his designs are created in a very playful way.

This unusual approach has placed him at the forefront of the international design scene. And made him a design partner of AXOR.

Living room lamp in the form of a shower.

Water and light – an exciting combination.

AXOR’s collaboration with the Japanese creative studio began in 2013 with the AXOR WaterDream. Oki Sato designed his idea of the perfect shower. The product he unveiled was exceptionally ambitious: A shower with ambient lighting. A lamp featuring ingenious water design. And a luxury designer product which gives the shower a cosy feel.

The AXOR LampShower was created from the dream of combining a living room lamp with water. A signature piece in the bathroom. A milestone in shower design.

Moments of surprise
AXOR WaterDream designed by Nendo.
AXOR overhead shower with ambient lighting.
AXOR LampShower by Nendo. An avantgarde designer product. Created as a result of the AXOR WaterDream 2013.
Puma showroom, Tokyo. Designed by Nendo.
Puma House in Tokyo. Nendo designed an exciting showroom concept for the sports shoe manufacturer Puma. © Daici Ano
Designer lamp by Nendo.
Farming-net lamp. Pendant lights designed by Nendo. Extravagant references to Japanese paper lamps.
Ribbon bar stool by Nendo.
Ribbon for Cappellini, 2007. A bar stool with a striking effect: the delicate ballet shoe ribbons are made of steel – not of fabric.
Scatter Shelf shelving system by Nendo.
Scatter Shelf shelving system (Friedman Benda Gallery). The thin acrylic strips create unusual light reflections.
Metal bench by Nendo.
Metal benches Softer than steel. Developed in 2014 for the Italian designer furniture manufacturer Desalto. A successful optical illusion: the metal backrests appear to be soft and flexible.
Sculptures by Nendo, made of chocolate.
Chocolatexture. Limited edition chocolate designed by Nendo. Created for the Paris trade fair Maison & Objet 2015. © Akihiro Yoshida

Japanese rising star with a branch office in Milan.

Oki Sato. Creative brain behind the Japanese design studio Nendo. Born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada. After completing his degree in architecture, he established his Nendo studio in Tokyo. At just 25 years of age. This was followed three years later by an office in the European design metropolis of Milan.

Nendo’s client list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the furniture sector: Kartell, Cappellini, DePadova, Foscarini, Baccarat. Add to these famous international luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Lexus and Cartier. Clients for architectural projects and showroom concepts. Nendo now employs more than 30 people.

In 2012, Oki Sato was twice named “Designer of the Year”: by Elle Deco and Wallpaper. A coveted title, which he has also won several times subsequently. Find out more about Nendo:

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