Milan Design Week: Oki Sato of Nendo


In this report from the Milan Design Week in Italy, Jan Henderson talks to leading international designer Oki Sato of Nendo.

Sato was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated in 2002 with an M.A. in Architecture, from the prestigious Waseda University, Tokyo. In the same year he established “nendo” Tokyo office and in 2005 Sato established “nendo” Milan office, as a result of his previous visit there for Design Week. In 2006 he was named in the “100 Most Respected Japanese” in Newsweek magazine and in 2007 again in the “Top 100 Small Japanese Companies” by Newsweek. After a number of design and publishing ventures, Sato established “nendo” Singapore office in 2012, the same year he became a lecturer for Waseda University, Tokyo and was named “Designer of the Year” by Wallpaper* magazine and “Designer of the Year” by Elle Deco International Design Award.

His other awards have included Good Design Award (Japan), Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD) Award Gold Prize, Japan Interior Architects / Designer’s Association (JID) Award Grand Prize, I.D. Annual Design Review Best Product (USA), red dot design award (Germany), iF products design award (Germany), Furniture Design Award Grand Prize (Singapore), Wallpaper Best Domestic Design (UK),  the Compasso d’Oro Honorable Mention (Italy) and the Elle Deco International Design Award “Bath and Materials”.


Filmed on location at the AGAPE showroom, Milan Italy.

Producer /Director – Ron Brown

Camera – Gianni Bonardi

Editing – Jessa Rose, Miru Song