Nao Tamura

One of my favorite artist Gego!🤍 “ To visualize a solution is what matters: to make visible that which still doesn’t exist outside of me”. -Gertrud Goldschmidt (©2023 by nownao)
The caps are a combination of walnut, birch and oak :) My favorites. 🐿️ ———————————————- @iittala Iittala launches a new water bottle product category in spring 2023. Meno water bottle is a combination of wood and glass designed by a Japanese designer Nao Tamura. Iittala is constantly researching and developing together with the designer’s new products and services for the need’s of everyday moments. In spring 2023 Iittala launches a new lifestyle product – Meno water bottle (500ml). #iittala #finland #nature #water #design (©2023 by nownao)
Thirsty? I’m very happy to introduce the Meno WaterBottle; my collaboration with @iittala . The Meno WaterBottle is inspired by Iitala’s long history of craftsmanship and Finland's natural beauty. The key and inspiration to this timeless design can be summed up in one word; "Honesty". My hope is for Meno to be an integral part of the users life just as we yearn to live and be a part of this planet. #iittala #finland #nature #water (©2023 by nownao)


Nao Tamura is a designer in the most modern terms. Her talents cross-over cultures, languages, disciplines, concepts and styles with consistency of smart thinking always at the heart of her work. She is truly global in her insights and execution. As a product of Tokyo and New York City creative communities, her solutions are equally at ease in the world of 2-D and 3-D with an uncanny ability to find that emotional connection with the audience. Nao defies the kind of categorization that the industry status-quo often insists upon. Her unique solutions are more than simply design and possess a rare balance of innovation and beauty.

Nao Tamura has also received a number of prestigious awards including: Gold of Industrial Design Excellence Awards, IF Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, EDIDA/Young Designer Talent, 1st prize of Milano Salone Satellite Award and so on.

-John C Jay


Salone del Mobile Interconnection | Euroluce ’23
Visionaries Making Another Perspective | Kyoto city Kyosera Museum of Art ’23
Matadero Madrid Central de Diseño, Japan Desu | Power of Interconnection ’22
Arti oltre i confini Simposio Internazionale Milano | Power of Interconnection ’22
Venice Biennale CASCADE | WonderGlass+Fondazione Berengo ’22
TED TALK Waseda U | Power of Interconnection ’22
Clerkenwell Design Week Triangle | The Tokyo Toilet ’22
Triennale Milano Triangle | The Tokyo Toilet ’22
2121 DESIGN SIGHT Issey Miyake Watch | Seiko ’21
IFFT Interior Lifestyle Living Sage | Ambientec ’21
Design Miami SunShower | LEXUS ’19
Milano FuoriSalone Festive Glow | Ambientec ’19
AXIS Gallery TURN, Sage | Ambientec ’19
LightBox Gallery IsseyMiyake + Ambientec ’19
Milano FuoriSalone Fluid | WonderGlass ’17
Tokyo Design Week Weaving The Light | Panasonic ’17
Milano Salone Internazionale del
Fog Installation | WonderGlass ’16
Milano FuoriSalone Momento | WonderGlass ’15
Palais De Tokyo Museum D’Days Paris | Horizont ’15
Milano Salone Amazing in Motion | LEXUS ’14
Milano FuoriSalone Morphing installation | WonderGlass ’14
Maison & Objet Paris Landscape | WonderGlass ’14
Design Miami Night Flowt | WonderGlass ’13
Miami Design Week / LUMINAIRE Design+World2013 ’13
Milano FuoriSalone Flow(T) | WonderGlass ’13
New York Design Trust for
Public Space Event
Rings | Artek ’12
Finland Project 2012 Design for Nature July stool | Nikari ’12
Milano Salone Internazionale del
Seasons | Covo ’12
Milano Salone Internazionale del
Mobile, Salone Satellite
Alight ’11
Design Miami / LUMINAIRE transFORM | Seasons ’10
Milano Salone Internazionale del
Mobile, Salone Satellite
Seasons ’10


The One Show | Design/Spatial Design/Architectur | GOLD | The Tokyo Toilet (USA) The One Show | Design/Innovation in Design | SILVER | The Tokyo Toilet (USA) CLIO Awards | Design | SILVER | The Tokyo Toilet (USA) Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity | Category Design | SILVER LION | The Tokyo Toilet (FRANCE) EDIDA | EDIDA Japanese Social Design Project Award 2020 | The Tokyo Toilet (JAPAN) Archiproducts Design Award | LIGHTING WINNER | TURN+ (ITALY) EDIDA | EDIDA Japanese Social Design Project Award | The Tokyo Toilet (JAPAN) Good Design Award | Space design for public facility 2021 | The Tokyo Toilet (JAPAN) GOOD DESIGN AWARD | Home Furniture | TRUN PLUS(JAPAN) IF Product Design Award | Kitchen | Household | Seasons (GERMANY) Good Design Award | Lighting 2019 | TRUN (JAPAN) Interior Design Award | BEST OF YEAR WINNER | Task Light 2019 | Sage (USA) Dezeen Award | Longlist 2019 | Lighting Design Category | TRUN (UNITED KINGDOM) Red Dot Design Award | Tableware | Seasons (GERMANY) ADI Design Index | Tableware | Seasons (ITALY) A’ Design Award | GOLD | Seasons (ITALY) EDIDA | Young Designer Talent (JAPAN) Milano Salone Satellite Award | 1ST PRIZE (ITALY) Good Design Award | Cosmetic Product (JAPAN) The One Show | MERIT (USA) The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design | Packaging (USA) IDEA/IDSA: Industrial Design Excellence Awards | GOLD (USA) HOW Annual International Design Competition | BEST OF SHOW (USA) IDEA/IDSA: Industrial Design Excellence Awards | Digital Media | SILVER (USA) HOW Annual International Design Competition | Branding | MERIT (USA) I.D. Annual Design Review | HONORABLE MENTION (USA) HOW Annual International Design Competition | Packaging> | OUTSTANDING ACHIVEMENT (USA)