MAISON&OBJET Paris each year presents the “best design of the year”. To win this award, designers have chosen a designer that has made a profound impact on the world of design, and fit the product designcriterion of the Paris show in January .This year awarded is Oki Sato, born in 1977 in Toronto, The Tokyo-based design studio is known for its practical style. Nendo designs everything from home accessories to stores to furniture and collaborates with big names — CaesarStone, Tod’s, BoConcept and Scavolini. Oki Sato describes is work as “taken inspiration from Japanese uncluttered style to create a language of his time. The philosophy of Oki Sato is reflected in his designs, thanks to which he transforms the interactions of people with the objects surrounding them by creating a parenthesis in their life. This desire is found in the uncluttered and characteristic shapes of his designs, to which he always adds a touch of humour and conviviality”. Oki Sato’s first exhibition “Streeterior” was shown in Tokyo and Milan in 2003.He then went on to receive numerous prizes: Good Design Award, German Design Award, Elle Deco International Design Award and was named 2012 Designer of the Year by British magazine Wallpaper*.Several of his creations can be seen in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
To celebreate Maison et Objet‘s ‘designer of the year’ 2015, Nendo release a sweet chocolate lounge for the international fair. The limited edition production is made of 400 ‘chocolatexture’ chocolate sets .The techniques used by the chocolatier, and the additional infused flavors, Nendo wanted to put his focus on the shape of each morsel of candy.