Nendo. Skilful playing with visual effects.

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Designer and architect Oki Sato.

Nendo. 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.

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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