blackLAB architects use their personal surroundings as inspiration for their working space. The feature wall showcases an endless supply of prismacolor pencils that are readily available to the designers. While the table projects their working habits with their children.
Igloo Design brings together the worlds of work and play within their container space. A wallpaper background of books creates a grid-like pattern within the room to comment on our digital culture and need for constant information.
Alain Courchesne and Anna Abbruzzo of Igloo Design
Samare Studio displays their thought process up on the walls. From images, to markets, snow shoes to set squares, nothing is left on the cutting room floor.
Mania Bedikian of Samare Studio
Interior landscaping by Joel Loblaw Inc., brings the outside – inside with an artistic installation of painted logs and strategically places branches.
Emily Hall of Joel Loblaw Inc.
Stone garden designed by Nendo for Caesarstone. This exclusive collaboration was created for the 2013 Toronto Interior Design Show by Oki Sato. The collection of ‘table-like’ surfaces are clustered together to form a floating landscape resembling a traditional Japanese stone garden. The tables contain a single rod located in the middle of the finished material which rely on one another to stabilize each other and form a texture and minimalistic topography.
Oki Sato of Nendo describes his Stonegarden installation in collaboration with Caesarstone at this years 2013 Interior Design Show in Toronto, Canada.
Oki Sato is the head designer for Japanese design firm Nendo. Born in Toronto, Oki graduated with a master’s in architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo in 2002. That same year, Oki and some of his classmates formed Nendo and established the company’s Tokyo office. A second office in Milan was established in 2005, and in 2012 a third office opened in Singapore.
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.
Oki Sato introduces his first architectural project in Japan. He discusses the design constraints and creative ways to produce a cohesive idea under a tight budget.
Oki Sato talks about why designing the small details first can foster inspiring moments.
Oki Sato presents his process and the 10 key words he uses to design his projects.