Poetic design from Japan.

Designer and architect Oki Sato.

Skilfully 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 modeling 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 as 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 that gives the shower a homely 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 fabric.
Scatter Shelf shelving system by Nendo.
Scatter Shelf shelving system (Friedman Benda Gallery). The thin acrylic strips create unusual light reflections.
Metal benches by Nendo.
Softer than steel metal benches. Developed in 2014 for the Italian designer furniture manufacturer Desalto. A successful optical illusion: the metal backrests appear soft and flexible.
Chocolate sculptures by Nendo.
Chocolatexture. Limited-edition chocolate designed by Nendo. Created for the Paris trade fair Maison & Objet in 2015. © Akihiro Yoshida

Japanese shooting star with branch 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 Nendo in Tokyo. He was just 25 years of age. This was followed three years later by an office in the European design metropolis Milan.

Nendo’s client list reads like a who’s who of the furniture sector: Kartell, Cappellini, De Padova, Foscarini, Baccarat. This is in addition to 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 named twice as “Designer of the Year”: by Elle Deco and Wallpaper. A prestigious title that he has received several times since. More on Nendo:

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