Designer    Feature 31 Jul 2012
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Chief Designer and Founder of Nendo, Oki Sato, talks about his latest collection and design ethos

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Thinking outside the box is what Oki Sato, chief designer and founder of Nendo is known for. In this exclusive interview he talks about his general design ethos, his latest collection and something he calls “!”

The entire idea was to blend the Eastern culture with the Western culture,” says Oki Sato, continuing, “What I thought was that in the past the Japanese bath was something very public. That was the feel that I had for this collection. Every single detail is made of very simple clean boxes and everything is contained inside of the boxes.”

Sato describes his inspiration for The Nendo Collection: “In the past, Japanese bathrooms were a place for communication. Families bathing together as well as public baths were very common until few decades ago. Now, the bathing experience has become very private and functional, even in Japan. The collection envisions the bathing environment to be very private and functional, but having the sense of ‘gathering’. A silent yet comfortable space that enables you to communicate with yourself, just like the traditional tearooms in Japan.”

The Nendo Collection captures the pure aesthetic and refined lines of Nendo’s signature style, lending a sense of understated sophistication and polish to the bathroom setting. From the bath to the basins, drawers, and accessories each piece appears to be encased in a box – a theme that runs through the collection. This collection incorporates Bisazza’s first use of larch wood, a natural material known for its warm, golden hues.

The full collection includes 60 items – the main items are complemented by a selection of accessories including vases, clocks, shelves and mirrors, each designed to serve a dual purpose. Each piece in the collection can be displayed on its own or combined with a complementary piece, thus creating an innovative and original whole. Vases piled on top of each other form a unique visual arrangement, a series of wall clocks creates an optical illusion, and the surface of the mirrors, which have been partially cut away, echo the shape of small water droplets. All forms used in the collection can be adapted and deconstructed to suit individual needs and tastes.

Bisazza | www.bisazzabagno.com

Nendo | www.nendo.jp/en/concept/

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