softer than steel / 695
Softer than steel / 695 is part of a collection designed for Desalto, an Italian manufacturer known for metal furniture. One curved steel rod creates the outline of this minimal chair. “The ordinarily hard material gains new functionality and a light, flexible feel, as though the metal has become paper or cloth.”
Oki Sato was born in Toronto in 1977. He received an M.A. in Architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo in 2002. That year he set up Nendo, his design firm in Tokyo, adding an offices in Milan in 2005, and Singapore in 2012. He has won numerous awards including the Good Design Award (Japan), I.D. Annual Design Review Best Product, Red Dot design award and Compasso d’Oro Honorable Mention. His work was acquired for the permanent collections of museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Musee des Arts decoratifs in Paris, Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.