• Nendo, founded in 2002 by Oki Sato, is a Japanese design firm. It's projects span globally. In 2005, the first office was formed in Tokyo, the second established not long after in 2005 in Milan.

    The company works with a wide number of brands and have won multiple awards over the course of 17 years. Nendo is known for its simple and minimalist design with subtle influences from Japanese, and Scandinavian aesthetics. Currently the positions for CEO, COO and CFO are occupied by Sato Oki, Ito Akihiro, and Hama Takaaki, respectively.

    The founder of ‘Nendo’ is a Japanese designer named Oki Sato. He was born in Toronto Canada, 1977. In 2002 when he was 25 years old, he graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with a ‘Masters of Arts’ in architecture and in the same year founded ‘Nendo’ company in Tokyo. Sato also reveals in several interviews that the encounter with Issey Miyake was a large influence in his and Nendo's work.

    Nendo is Japanese for playdoh or clay. It is this shape-shifting nature of the enjoyable toy which reflects the values of the company. By 2015, the company had 30 designers and interns of whom produced over 100 products for 19 brands in a year. Currently, they have over 50 employees working in the company. Nendo's first exhibition was held in Milan and Tokyo in 2003, called "streeterior".

    The N02 Recycle project was one of Nendo's recent work, completed in October 2019. Fritz Hansen, a Danish furniture company, was the client of the project and it was an attempt by Fritz Hansen to create a circular economy where some of the waste materials can be brought back as components for their new product line. The N02 recycle chair was made from recycled plastic (polypropylene) that can be recycled again once it becomes obsolete for its intended purpose. Nendo's founder Oki Sato claims that this design aims to build connection with every-day recycled plastic.

    The chairs can be stacked on each other for storage and have an ergonomic design with curved surfaces reinforced to wrap around the user. These chairs are created from household wastes and available in 7 different colors.

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