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Born in Toronto in 1977, Oki Sato grad­u­ated from Waseda Univer­sity, Tokyo, in 2002 and im­me­di­ately founded Nendo, his de­sign stu­dio. Five years later, it is one of the most in­flu­en­tial small com­pa­nies in Ja­pan, thanks to work such as the ex­tra­or­di­nary Cab­bage Chair: a cylin­der of re­in­forced pa­per that is peeled back layer by layer to pro­duce an in­stant seat. Sato’s work can now be seen in mu­se­ums around the world, from Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art in New York, to the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou in Paris. For Sato, de­sign is about us­ing tech­nol­ogy to pro­mote sim­plic­ity, while cre­at­ing what he calls “‘!’ mo­ments” for peo­ple in their ev­ery­day lives: “We be­lieve that these small ‘!’ mo­ments are what make our days so in­ter­est­ing, so rich.” LV: Why did you agree to cre­ate an Ob­jet Nomade for Louis Vuit­ton? OS: Louis Vuit­ton is a com­pany with a long history and a rich her­itage, which al­ways con­cen­trates on crafts­man­ship. I felt it would be in­ter­est­ing to in­ter­pret these ideas by us­ing light and shadow. LV: What was your in­spi­ra­tion for this ob­ject? OS: I was inspired by a sin­gle sheet of leather that I saw rolled up in the work­shop: the be­gin­ning of all Louis Vuit­ton prod­ucts. LV: What did you call your ob­ject and how would you de­scribe it in two words? OS: I called it Sur­face be­cause it is a sheet of leather: the “sur­face” of the an­i­mal and also the sur­face of the light. The two words would be crafts­man­ship and tech­nol­ogy. The use of LEDS and recharge­able bat­ter­ies, and the treat­ment of the leather were a per­fect mar­riage for this ob­ject. Plus, the way it can be charged, rolled up and car­ried around gives it a clear link to travel.

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