Archives for the month of: July, 2011

The thing about Nendo is that it’s not easy to categorize. Oki Sato’s design practice has been prolific in various disciplines since he established his practice on graduation. The Nendo website is a catalog of the firm’s eclectic output: whimsical, inspired, unorthodox and unpredictable work that, this year alone, has seen Sato and his colleagues design, among other things, computer mice for Elecom, hinoki wooden music boxes for Isetan, an urbane picnic box for Ruinart, the interior design for PUMA House Tokyo, an installation and graphics for a retrospective exhibition of work by milliner Akio Hirata, an installation of Bohemian glass for the Salone in Milan, an exhibition of ‘dancing’ geometric furniture pieces for Singapore’s Art Stage conceptual carbon fiber furniture pieces for Atlanta’s High Museum, a wire frame chair for Cappellini, a series of mirrored circular tables for Moroso, cork based dining accessories for Materia and a rolled steel pendant lamp for Foscarini.

The work of Nendo cuts across architecture and interior design, through furniture and product designs for home and office to graphics, conceptual installations and exhibitions and in their creation, founder Oki Sato and his associates are constantly thinking outside the box. 

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Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa is a center of the city’s undergound culture. It’s one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, but in an unselfconscious way and with an easy rock’n’roll attitude. It’s a rough gem, lacking the polish of its neighbors, but unique and all the more appealing for it.

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iTunes, in less than a decade, has changed our perceptions of music consumption and has been the catalyst for a revolution in the music industry.

Since iTunes was launched in 2003: iTunes has had more than 10 billion downloads, mostly at the expense of CD sales and ‘bricks and mortar’ music stores; 29 percent of the $4.6 billion global music industry is now digital; more than 400 licensed music services like Pandora – which has some 75 million users – have joined the music industry; Justin Bieber’s Baby video has been watched worldwide by more than 430 million viewers on YouTube and Ke$ha’s 2010 single, TiK ToK, sold 12.8 million digital units worldwide that year.

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Nature has long been an integral element of Japanese culture: it is admired with the changing seasons, and tamed in the landscaping of the nation’s gardens and in the art of the bonsai. Flowers have become a defining feature of the culture, witnessed in the feverish attention paid to the annual blossoming of the ephemeral sakura and cultivated through the distinctive and highly ritualized art of ikebana. 

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