For M&O Paris Designer of the Year, each of these two designers must fit within the profile of each of the Paris shows, that is, a more product design-oriented profile in January and a designer more closely related to the world of interior architecture or decor for September.
Oki Sato – Nendo Studio
Oki Sato, born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada, studied architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo. He obtained his Master’s degree in 2002. In the same year, the nendo studio was born in Tokyo. Now he has taken up the international stage, with offices in Tokyo and Milan.
Nendo, meaning ‘modelling clay’, expresses his desire of having certain flexibility and the ability to reinvent oneself. The designer takes his inspiration from Japanese uncluttered style to create a language of his time.
The philosophy of Oki Sato is reflected in his designs, thanks to which he transforms the interactions of people with the objects surrounding them by creating a parenthesis in their life.This desire is found in the uncluttered and characteristic shapes of his designs, to which he always adds a touch of humour and conviviality.
Industrial designer Dorothée Meilichzon was selected Designer of the Year at Maison & Objet Paris 2015. She trained at Strate College Designers and at the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied toy design. She also worked in Paris for five years then decided, aged just 27, to set up her own design studio, carried by the momentum of her first project, the interior design for the Prescription Cocktail Club in Paris. She always wishes to work as closely as possible with craftsmen, to create unique pieces and to highlight hand- made creation.
Amont the places she has designed in Paris, there is now the very fine Hôtel Paradis and the Café Pinson in the 10th arrondissement, and in the 1st, the Beef Club, the Ballroom and the Fish Club. In the 2nd we have the Mojo, in the 6th, the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. She has also designed interiors in London, New York and Ibiza. A hotel and numerous bars and restaurants which bear little resemblance, but which are all united by the same atmosphere.
She is currently finishing the design of Hôtel Panache and the Grand Pigalle Hôtel, both in the 9th arrondissement and has also started working on the decor of the four-star Hôtel Bachaumont, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, which is due to open in May 2015.