A Model of Collaboration
Oki Sato. Toronto, 1977
The Camper shoes designed by Oki Sato and his team are based on the idea of "the everyday pleasure of walking". The creative minds at Nendo have turned out functional designs made with simplicity, a dash of humour and loads of talent, products that consistently reflect the philosophy and foundations of this brilliant Japanese studio's modus operandi. The everyday can become something more if you pay proper attention.
Oki Sato, who has been called the "21st century's most ingenious designer", studied architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo, the city where Nendo was created in 2002. At his design studio, Sato tackles singular projects with a highly personal vocabulary that has positioned him at the vanguard of international design, working with firms like Boffi, Bisazza, Cappellini, Driade, Guzzini, Hermes, Kartell, Issey Miyake, Moroso and Louis Vuitton. Nendo and Sato received the Designer of the Year Award from Wallpaper magazine in 2011, among other distinctions. The studio's designs can be found at the MoMA and the Centre Pompidou.