International Guest of Honour Oki Sato
IDS13, together with Caesarstone, welcomed world-renowned designer Oki Sato of Nendo as the International Guest of Honour. Founded by Oki Sato in 2002, the goal of Nendo is to reconstitute the everyday by transforming it into something that is easy to understand. Nendo believes there are many small moments of surprise hidden in everyday life, and they want those who encounter their designs to intuitively feel those moments of surprise. The company has produced designs for projects across Asia, Europe and North America.
For IDS13, Caesarstone collaborated with acclaimed Japanese design studio Nendo to create an exclusive installation with the company’s surface materials called Stone Garden: an installation of ‘table-like’ surfaces clustered together to form a seemingly floating landscape. The simplicity of the design reflected the minimalistic beauty that Nendo is known for, while exhibiting the quality, functionality and flexibility of Caesarstone quartz surfaces. The tables, which were carried by a simple metal rod, were secured into place by an overlapping design, thus eliminating the use of fasteners to hold them in place. Like the different shapes, depths and directions of overlaps forming this installation, Caesarstone can be formed into many shapes and is suitable for any space.
“The installation explores the boundary between ‘furniture’ and ‘non-furniture’. Tables that aren’t quite tables form a cluster, creating a new kind of ground surface like a garden floating in the universe, far beyond the scale of individual tables.
The unique variety and quality of natural colours and textures of the Caesarstone surfaces are perfect to be arranged in a composition like the stylized landscape of a Japanese rock garden.”
- Oki Sato, founder and chief designer of Nendo
About Oki Sato and Nendo
Oki Sato, who heads the firm Nendo, has been named by Fast Company as one of the brightest talents in a new generation of Japanese minimalist designers. Born in Toronto, Oki graduated with a master’s degree in architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo. Nendo was formed in 2002, after an inspiring graduation trip to the Milan Design Furniture Fair, and has since become one of the most prolific design firms in the world. In Japanese “nendo” means free-form clay, a soft, fluid substance that symbolizes the way the company’s founders wanted to work. The goal of Nendo is to reconstitute the everyday by transforming it into something that is easy to understand. Nendo believes there are many small moments of surprise hidden in everyday life, and they want those who encounter their designs to intuitively feel those moments of surprise. Nendo has since received numerous awards and recognition; Newsweek named Oki one of the world's "100 Most Respected Japanese People" in 2006 and honoured the firm in 2008 as one of the "Top 200 Small Japanese Companies." Most recently, Oki earned the title of "Designer of the Year" by both Wallpaper* and Elle Decor magazines. Nendo has also collaborated with a broad range of other brands, including Established & Sons, PUMA, Starbucks, Cappellini, Moroso, DePadova, Maruni and Foscarini.
Caesarstone is a leading developer and manufacturer of premium quality quartz surfaces. Established in 1987, the company pioneered the quartz surfaces and continues to manufacture high-quality surfaces utilizing advanced technologies and proprietary know-how. Caesarstone surfaces consist of up to 93% quartz, retain the cool tactile qualities of nature's strongest stones while offering freedom of design with endless application possibilities including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, flooring, wall panelling, furniture and more. Caesarstone offers a product that is highly functional, design forward and beautiful at the same time. With four diverse collections – Classico™, Supremo™, Motivo™ and Concetto™ there is no limit to choice. The unique and rich variety of colours, patterns and textures gives each customer the ability to find their ‘ultimate surface’ and create their own unique space. Caesarstone's extensive designs are constantly evolving and developing to meet the latest world trends and the highest level of international quality standards.