Nendo's founder is extraordinarily prolific and versatile, creating clean-lined work subverted by witty, playful touches. We met him before the opening of his latest show

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:45

Milan 2015: Top lighting

Highlights of Euroluce, during Unesco's International Year of Light, included launches by Luca Nichetto, Michael Anastassiades and an experimental range by students from ECAL

Published in News
Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:12

Milan 2015: Top exhibitions

Works by established and emerging stars were on display around the Italian city last week. These are some of the exhibitions that Icon enjoyed the most

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Friday, 23 January 2015 12:53

Nendo's Oki Sato

Japanese studio Nendo has been selected as the Maison et Objet 2015 designer of the year. Watch the man behind the practice discuss his work and read his pick of five favourite designs 

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For Design Museum Holon, Dutch trend-forecaster Edelkoort has curated an exhibition of work by Japanese designer Miyake and 70 others that celebrates the role of craft in contemporary design

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:05

Milan Furniture Fair: Bright Sparks

A round-up of some of the star turns to be shown at this year's Salone, including Fritz Hansen's relaunch of an Arne Jacobsen classic and Karimoku's fusion of food and furniture

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Monday, 25 March 2013 12:45

Shivering bowls by Nendo

Nendo’s response to a recent exhibition about sex and design is a series of delicate bowls, which are meant to be touched.

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Friday, 01 February 2013 13:10

Icon 117: Skyscrapers

In this issue Icon talks to Adrian Smith, chief architect of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Smith has been designing skyscrapers for 44 years and is working on an even taller tower in Saudi Arabia. Winy Maas of MVRDV tells us about his pixel towers project, and we take in the view from Renzo Piano’s Shard in London. Plus: the latest Scandinavian designs in this month’s design report.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:28

Oki Sato

The designer behind Japanese studio Nendo, picks five understated things that enhance daily life – “making our days interesting and rich.”

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Monday, 27 February 2012 14:37

Scatter Shelf by Nendo

Japanese design group Nendo’s acrylic shelving unit will tidy your stuff while shattering it into pieces – using an intriguing optical illusion

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Friday, 19 August 2011 11:05

Clerkenwell Highlights Part I

Designers have found inspiration in everything from knitting needles to Japanese rock gardens for the pick of this year’s exhibits.

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Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:38

Milan: Two new pieces by Cappellini

A stool and a kayak-shaped bench were the best pieces in Cappellini’s collection this year.

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Thursday, 17 December 2009 10:10

Cord chair by Nendo

Nendo has presented four new pieces at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 11:20


Blowing was the process Japanese design studio Nendo used to make its series of mushroom-like polyester lamps.

Published in ICON 072 | June 2009
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 14:28

Milan: Senseware at Museo Triennale

Japanese design studio Nendo blew into polyester sacs to make its series of mushroom-like lamps. It was part of the Sensware exhibition, curated by Kenya Hara, shown at Museo Triennale in Milan last week.
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Thursday, 16 October 2008 12:09


“European designers, they do boxing. They punch people, like that,” says Oki Sato, principal of Tokyo-based design practice Nendo, sticking out his fist.
Published in ICON 060 | June 2008
Thursday, 09 October 2008 22:04

Cabbage Chair

Cabbage Chair is made from a roll of pleated paper sheets. Designed by Japanese collective Nendo, the sheets are peeled down from the top of the roll, one by one, to form the chair.
Published in ICON 059 | May 2008
Thursday, 15 May 2008 00:00

Tokyo - Design week

Tokyo’s design week felt at times like a pseudo Bavarian Christmas market this year. Geared towards shopping, it has grown in size and sprawl, but for those with a flair for navigation there was some engaging work to be found.

Monday, 07 April 2008 17:14

icon 059 out now

The May icon is something of a feast. The cover stars of the biggest issue of the year so far are a chicken and Dutch “eating designer” Marije Vogelzang. Vogelzang bakes dough with angle-poise lamps, prepares funeral banquets at which all the food is white, and organises tap-water tastings.
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