Japanese designer and architect Oki Sato was born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada, and has since lived and worked in Japan. He studied architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo and founded the design studio Nendo after graduation in 2002. Oki Sato has received multiple awards and recognitions: in 2012 he was named the Designer of the Year by Wallpaper magazine and he has also won the Good Design Award, the German Design Award and the Elle Deco International Design Award, among others. Oki Sato has worked with Starbucks, Puma and Cappellini.
Oki Sato is inspired by Japanese clearness and his design style can be described as soft and minimalist. His aim is to change the way people interact with the objects around them, and his work often includes small details that evoke memories and thoughts – fragments of people's lives.