On arriving on the Stockholm Furnishings Truthful, we have been greeted by “an invisible panorama of snow capped mountains.” For the tenth yr operating, a celebrated worldwide designer was invited to create this lounge. This yr the respect fell to Oki Sato, Chief Designer and founding father of Nendo design studio.
Oki Sato first visited the truthful in 2003 and first exhibited in Greenhouse in 2004. He stated: “The Stockholm Furnishings Truthful taught me many issues as a designer, about type and performance, about how one can deal with supplies in a really trustworthy method, it was about feelings; how design communicates emotions. I feel that was an excellent begin and after virtually ten years it’s a nice privilege to be invited again as Visitor of Honor.”
Having been born in Toronto in 1977 and grown up in Tokyo, Oki Sato educated as an architect and continues to be based mostly within the Japanese capital, though he splits his time between Japan and Europe. He’s considered one of many largest stars within the design business and has labored with the likes of Cappellini, De Padova, Foscarini and Swedese.
Oki Sato stated: “The set up the theme is ’eighty sheets of mountains’. The thought was to start out with a single piece piece of froth board – it’s 5mm thick and I laser minimize it, in order that once you stretch it out it turns into one thing like a mountain.”
“The thought was to make use of much less materials to create massive volumes. We used eighty sheets to create the area, so I solely wanted one truck – eighty sheets x 5mm is 40cm. It was reduce on the manufacturing unit and we simply introduced it, stretched it open after which put it on to the ground – it’s fairly an fascinating course of.”
“What’s fascinating is that it creates this panorama of snow capped moutains, this invisible panorama and when individuals stroll thought it kind of shivers, it strikes, you discover the distinction of the shapes, the shadows, the lights.”
“This set up is said to the best way I take into consideration design typically – it’s about taking a really small concept and letting it develop, letting it turn into one thing massive on the finish – from a easy concept right into a completed expression.”
“After this set up, it could possibly be flat packed once more and all I want is a single truck to take it away – it makes use of much less transportation and it’s a sustainable materials.”
“The Stockholm Furnishings and Mild Truthful is among the most profoundly memorable locations for me as a result of it’s right here the door opened for me and enabled me to start out my skilled profession. In any case these years it’s such a privilege to be again in Stockholm because the Visitor of Honor, although, because of all my reminiscences related with the place, I actually don’t really feel like a ‘visitor,’” says Sato.
I feel the area was extremely profitable, and it’s fascinating that Okai Sato touched on the thought of speaking emotion, as a result of what this area did rather well was to deliver the sense of calm and quiet, and even the distinctive high quality of sunshine, of the Swedish panorama inside. It created a shiny white oasis of calm inside a the hustle and bustle of a busy commerce present – it was a stunning place to spend time.
With because of the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden in London for inviting me on the Stockholm Design Week press journey.