Fritz Hansen Competition N01

​INTRODUCTION: N01™ CHAIR
Fritz Hansen is introducing a new wooden chair for the modern home and quality-conscious audience - the N01™ chair designed by the Japanese design studio Nendo. Created by the merging of Danish and Japanese aesthetics and purity, N01 brings back nature and embraces today's modern life. A life where the dining room is not only a place to enjoy a meal but also a place to be productive, a place for conversation and a place to relax after a busy workday or just everyday life. The creation of the N01™ chair requires meticulous attention to the construction. The chair is constructed as a puzzle consisting of 23 wood pieces in a mix of solid wood and veneer. While the chair is assembled by hand, each piece is crafted industrially at a Belgian family owned wood manufacturer founded 1924. The puzzle-like assembling ensures that the construction rich in detail comes across as seamless as possible in the design. 
MEET THE DESIGNER: OKI SATO
Oki Sato - founder of nendo design studio - expresses his design philosophy not only with the N01™ chair but through graphics, art installations and architecture. He was born in Toronto, Canada and later moved to Tokyo, where he took a M.A. in Architecture at Waseda University. In 2002, he founded the nendo studio and today nendo have their name on both architectural projects as well as grand furniture designs worldwide. nendo's philosophy states that, in the same way that life is full of little "!" moments - or moments of surprise and richness - so are their designs. "Nendo" means 'modelling clay' in Japanese - a term perfectly suited to the studio’s sculptural approach to design no matter the material. For their work, nendo has been awarded with Dezeen, Wallpaper and Red Rot Design Awards among many more throughout the studio's lifetime.