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Oki Sato Lighting

Japanese, b. 1977

It wasn’t always evident that chief designer and Nendo cofounder Oki Sato would spend his life finding subtle surprises in tables, floor lamps and chairs. He was born in Toronto, where his father worked for Pioneer Electronics, and moved with his family to Tokyo when he was 11. He studied architecture at Waseda University but found the program a little too narrow and rigid for his liking.

After graduating, in 2002, Sato traveled with friends to the Salone del Mobile in Milan and stumbled into the biggest aha moment of his life: He realized that architects could do more than design buildings — they could also design furniture, lighting and other objects. And the architects at the fair appeared to be enjoying plenty of creative freedom while doing so.

Upon returning to Tokyo, Sato founded Nendo, whose name means “flexible clay” in Japanese, with his classmate Akihiro Ito, the firm’s managing director. In 2005, they established a second office, in Milan. Within a few years, Nendo had become an omnipresent name at the fair that had inspired them.

Nendo is remarkable in its ability to blend these two seemingly disparate qualities in objects that are simultaneously provocative and beautiful in their simplicity. And this ability has made the Tokyo- and Milan-based studio one of the most sought-after design firms of the moment.

Nendo is best known for its expansive portfolio of furniture and accessories designed for such luxury makers as BaccaratBisazzaBoffiCappelliniDe PadovaEmecoFLOSFoscariniFritz HansenKartell, Lasvit, Louis PoulsenMoroso and Swarovski, as well as for the one-off and limited-edition pieces presented by galleries like New York’s Friedman Benda. But its range is much broader.

Nendo’s full oeuvre runs the gamut from product packaging for such brands as Coca-Cola and Kenzo to large-scale urban-planning and architecture projects, including Tenri Station Plaza CoFuFun, which populated the space in front of a Japanese rail terminal with a series of conical pavilions, turning it into a sort of urban playground for people of all ages.

Whatever the undertaking, the studio’s approach remains the same: embodying lighthearted insights into the human experience in minimalist forms and details.

Nendo’s wares have been acquired by such institutions as New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; London’s Victoria and Albert; and Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Centre Pompidou.Find Oki Sato lighting, including lamps he designed for Louis Poulsen, on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Oki Sato
Louis Poulsen NJP Mini by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
About This Product In 2022, the prestigious Japanese design studio Nendo, led by founder Oki Sato presented the NJP Mini with Louis Poulsen. Nendo designed the first series of NJP lamps...
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2010s Chinese Modern Oki Sato Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Oki Sato NJP White Large Wall Light for Louis Poulsen
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Oki Sato NJP white long wall light for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Oki Sato from Japan's Nendo design studio. Provides direct light perfect for modern l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

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Aluminum

NJP Table Lamp or Desk Lamp White
By Louis Poulsen, Oki Sato
Located in Courbevoie, FR
The lamp was designed by Nendo design studio of Japan and designer Oki Sato. NJP Table is a new interpretation of the classic architect lamp. Its simple and honest look bares the lam...
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2010s Japanese Oki Sato Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Short Lamp by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Louis Poulsen, Nendo, Oki Sato
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In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Oki Sato Njp Wall Lamp – Long Arm
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Long Lamp in White by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Louis Poulsen, Oki Sato, Nendo
Located in New York, NY
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. Nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
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Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Long Lamp in Black by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. Nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Short Lamp in Black by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Louis Poulsen, Oki Sato, Nendo
Located in New York, NY
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Short Lamp in White by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Oki Sato, Nendo, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Short Lamp in Light Gray Aluminum by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Oki Sato Njp Floor Lamp
By Louis Poulsen, Oki Sato
Located in Berkeley, CA
The fixture provides direct glare-free horizontal light while reflecting some of the light through the rear of the head, illuminating the top of the arm. The ergonomic design of the fixture head shapes the light and gives optimal light direction. A simple mechanical system provides great freedom of movement, so the light can always be set in the ideal position in the workspace. The shade is painted white on the inside, reflecting comfortable diffused light. The NJP series was designed by Oki Sato, founder of nendo design studio, with the intention of producing a new interpretation of the Classic anglepoise lamp – with all its familiar details – in a contemporary design, featuring functions adapted to modern working life, both in the office and at home. The NJP Floor lamp’s flexible head and arms provide exceptional adjustability, which is often lacking in standard floor lights...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Oki Sato Njp Wall Lamp, Short Arm
By Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The fixture provides direct glare-free horizontal light while reflecting some of the light through the rear of the head, illuminating the top of the arm. The ergonomic design of the ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Long Lamp in Light Gray Aluminum by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. Nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Louis Poulsen NJP Floor Lamp by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Louis Poulsen, Oki Sato, Nendo
Located in New York, NY
About This Product The NJP series was designed by Oki Sato, founder of nendo design studio, with the intention of producing a new interpretation of the classic anglepoise lamp – with...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Oki Sato Njp Table Lamp with Clamp
By Louis Poulsen, Oki Sato
Located in Berkeley, CA
The fixture provides direct glare-free horizontal light while reflecting some of the light through the rear of the head, illuminating the top of the arm. The ergonomic design of the ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Oki Sato NJP Gray Large Wall Light for Louis Poulsen
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Oki Sato NJP gray long wall light for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Oki Sato from Japan's Nendo design studio. Provides direct light perfect for modern li...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Oki Sato Njp Table Lamp with Pin
By Louis Poulsen, Oki Sato
Located in Berkeley, CA
The fixture provides direct glare-free horizontal light while reflecting some of the light through the rear of the head, illuminating the top of the arm. The ergonomic design of the ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Oki Sato NJP Black Large Wall Light for Louis Poulsen
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Oki Sato NJP black long wall light for Louis Poulsen. Designed by Oki Sato from Japan's Nendo design studio. Provides direct light perfect for modern l...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Louis Poulsen NJP Wall Long Lamp by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Oki Sato, Nendo, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
In 2002 Oki Sato founded nendo design studio. Nendo means ’clay’ in Japanese – or more specifically, modelling clay such as plasticine. A unique material that makes it easy to do cre...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

Oki Sato Njp Table Lamp
By Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in Berkeley, CA
The fixture provides direct glare-free horizontal light while reflecting some of the light through the rear of the head, illuminating the top of the arm. The ergonomic design of the ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Chrome

Louis Poulsen, NJP Table Lamp by Oki Sato
By Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, NJP table lamp by Oki Sato Size: Width x height x length (mm) 220 x 480 x 480, 5.1 kg Material: Foot and base: Steel. Arms and lamp head: Aluminum. LED: Anodised al...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Metal

Louis Poulsen, NJP Floor Lamp by Oki Sato
By Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, NJP floor lamp by Oki Sato Size: Width x height x length (mm) 260 x 1250 x 560, 7.2 kg Material: Foot and base: Steel. Arms and lamp head: Aluminum. LED: Anodised a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Metal

Louis Poulsen NJP Table Lamp by Nendo, Oki Sato
By Nendo, Oki Sato, Louis Poulsen
Located in New York, NY
About This Product The lamp was designed by Nendo design studio of Japan and designer Oki Sato. NJP Table is a new interpretation of the classic architect lamp. Its simple and honest...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Oki Sato Lighting

Materials

Aluminum

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Oki Sato lighting for sale on 1stDibs.

Oki Sato lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Oki Sato lighting, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original lighting by Oki Sato were created in the modern style in scandinavia during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider lighting by Nendo, Christian Flindt, and Clara Von Zweigbergk. Prices for Oki Sato lighting can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $439 and can go as high as $1,078, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $695.

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