The Isole modular seating system is a simple, endearing design cocreated by Japanese firm Nendo and Italian design studio Nichetto, whose close connection defied the geographical distance between them.
A truly unique sofa concept enabling a variety of combinations and configurations, including versions with and without an “island” arm cushion. Variations include a discrete round, square or rectangular side table that integrates beautifully with the overall aesthetics. The impression? Soft, inviting and endearing.
Oki Sato and Luca Nichetto are two designers from different cultures who share a mutual passion for design and a truly innovative way of collaborating.
Nendo is a Tokyo-based design studio founded by Canadian-born architect Oki Sato. Nendo’s work encompasses projects from everyday objects to furniture, fashion, retail interiors, art installations and more, boasting countless pieces in museum collections around the globe. Their simple ideas are distinguished by a playful, delicate aesthetic, capturing miniature moments in life, each with a hidden story and an element of surprise.
Nichetto Studio was established by Luca Nichetto first in Venice, opening a second studio in Stockholm. A multi-disciplinary design firm working with product design, industrial design, interior design and architecture. Each piece reflects a deep passion, knowledge and appreciation for crafts combined with curated cultural references and a keen eye for detail. Merging classic forms with personality using colour palettes inspired by nature.
Nendo and Nichetto co-created Isole virtually via a long distance exchange of ideas inspired by a genre of traditional Japanese poetry called Tanka, where one person starts the poem and the other person completes it. Isole is Italian for islands, echoed in a unique modular sofa concept replete with individual components that resemble a soft pebble you would find on a beach, connected by a simple armature inspired by Venice’s tradition of building bridges. The outcome? A versatile sofa with discrete side tables expressed in an aesthetic that’s soft, endearing and inviting.