Maison et Objet brings you the best designers of the year. Discover their main characteristics and let you be guided by their own style.

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maison et objet designer of the year

Let’s start with the famous Oki Sato. Born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada, he studied architecture at Waseda University in Tokyo, obtaining his Master’s degree in 2002. It would be in that year that nendo studio would be born in Tokyo. Nowadays he has offices in Tokyo and Milan.

Nendo pursues the wish of reinventing himself. The inspirations are taken from Japanese style. The designer takes his inspiration from Japanese uncluttered style to create a language of his time.

His designs express a wish of transforming the interactions of people with the objects surrounding them.
Humour and conviviality are always present in his work, as shiawase banana for instance shows.


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The other designer of the year consacrated this year in Maison et Objet is Dorothée Chzon. This industrial designer  trained at Strate College Designers and at the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied toy design. After working in Paris for five years, she opened her own design studio.

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The multipurpose agency CHZON opened in summer 2009. With a researcher’s mind, always seeking out new trends, Dorothée takes her inspiration from everything around her, especially from the great names in decor: Madeleine Castaing, Dorothy Draper, Fornasetti, David Hicks, Gio Ponti, Charles and Ray Eames and François-Xavier Lalanne.

Among 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.