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
I decided to choose five objects that are always close at hand and that I regularly pick up and use in the studio. From everyday tools and utensils to a good cup of coffee, they all inspire me.
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The designer behind Japanese studio Nendo, picks five understated things that enhance daily life – “making our days interesting and rich.”
All of my choices are about going beyond something – in search of creativity and in search of something you didn’t even know existed. You could say that they’re all about energy, they’re all inspiring.
Our selection of objects presents the coming together of fashion and utility, craftsmanship and industrial production.
Nature and science are integral to my design process, and these are some of the things that inspire, stimulate and uplift me. I appreciate the technical detail of design and find pleasure in making sense of how things work
Levete describes her choices as “Something old, something gold, a piece of nature, something by me, and a potato peeler.”
While not all of the items on this list feature for purely aesthetic reasons, these are the things I encounter every day and simply can’t do without.
I’m lucky enough not to want anything else seriously. A complete makeover would be desired but tricky. Last year I got a couple of new titanium knees but the rest is a biggish job.
As someone who has fixated on objects my whole life, I found it very difficult to choose just five out of the sea of things surrounding me. I guess I should have chosen a famous chair or something…
I am very interested in the process and evolution of design, although there are very few actual products I really desire. We just have too many things.
I have chosen my five objects of desire based on things that I feel make life less stressful, more sensual and more engaging, while injecting some sort of human spirit into the everyday.
My selections are a bit arbitrary in the sense that there’s no common thread – other than the many ways that design, in all its diversity, inspires me.
My selection is from Talk to Me, an exhibition I’m curating at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s about the communication between people and objects, and features recent work by designers, students and scientists. The exhibition opens in July 2011.