The Switch lamp, designed by Japanese designer Nendo, revisits the shape of the classic abat-jour by renewing both its materials and its function. The archetypal shape of the cylindrical lampshade is transformed by using metal while its function as a diffuser is combined with that of a ‘switch’, hence its name. In fact, the lamp is switched on and off by turning the sheet metal lampshade, inextricably blending shape and function, aesthetics and functionality.
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Oki Sato is Chief Designer and Founder of Nendo. Born in 1977 in Toronto, Canada, he received his M.Arch. from Waseda University, Tokyo in 2002. He established the design studio “nendo” in the same year. His activity in the design world has not been limited to only one area but is rather multifarious, spanning from graphic and product design to designing furniture, installations, windows, and interiors, and even reaches into the realm of architecture. He has been chosen by the Newsweek magazine as one of “The 100 Most Respected Japanese” and won many “Designer of the Year” mention by Wallpaper and Elle Decor magazines. Nendo can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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