Nao Tamura


Salone del Mobile 2023

Marking the return of the biennial exhibition, the great Aurore arena at Euroluce, designed by Formafantasma, will be hosting a packed palimpsest of talks on light and on sustainability, held by some of the most brilliant figures on the contemporary lighting design scene, but that’s by no means all.

The fresh round of Talks at the Salone del Mobile. Milano provides an opportunity for crosscutting insight into how planning, design and architecture can embrace the present and imagine the future, open up new avenues, come up with solutions, and explore the realms of the “possible,” triggering reflection and imagination. The packed program has been curated by Annalisa Rosso.

“Blending poetry, abstraction and the use of innovative technologies, Nao Tamura, a former SaloneSatellite debutante and winner of the 1st SaloneSatellite Award, is one of the most interesting designers on the international scene. Her multidisciplinary approach, environmental awareness and interest in workmanship combine to make her a particularly representative exponent of our day. In Interconnection, in conversation with Felix Burrichter, Creative Director of America’s PIN–UP magazine, informed by her fascination with lighting – whether it be lamps, installations or site-specific projects – she will illustrate the ways in which design is a method of communication and how it steers the creative process, lighting the way towards a better and more sustainably planned future.”

Interview>>>> Salone del Mobile. Milano

Location: Euroluce, Pavilion 13, Aurore Arena,
Date: Thursday 20th April
Time: 11.00 Thursday 20th April

April 18, 11am/ Gaetano Pesce
April 19, 11am/ Shigeru Ban
April 20, 11am/ Nao Tamura
April 21, 11am/ Snohetta
April 22, 11am/ MAD Architects

Photo: Hiroto Yoshizoe

Visionaries: Making Another Perspective

I am honored to be a part of the exhibition “Visionaries: Making Another Perspective” at at Kyoto city Kyosera Museum of Art curated by Noriko_Kawakami.

“Since 2013, I have been working on the “Moment” series since along with glass manufacture WonderGlass. A name that has the subtext of “capture the moment”, based on the theme of “Water”. My first work in this series is FLOW[T], which captures a slice of the horizon line that forms the border between the land on which we live and the sea.

Each of these pieces has been made by a glassblower and workshop in Venice; a city surrounded by water where the constantly changing natural world can be experienced firsthand. Glass is a living material and if the maker does not listen to it and follow its inherent natural flow, it will break. As humans, our natural tendency is to master and control all that surrounds us. Glass lives a life of its own and the master must bow to its needs. I see the glass as a metaphor for man’s need to relinquish his mastery of the medium and learn to bend alongside of it, work with it and not against it.”

Photo: Koroda Takeru

京都市京セラ美術館にて3月9日より開催する「跳躍するつくり手たち:人と自然の未来を見つめるアート、デザイン、テクノロジー」 に参加させて頂きます。
WonderGlassと2013年から制作を続ける「瞬間を切り取る」という意味合いがある「MOMENT」シリーズ。その第一弾となったFLOWTを初めて日本で発表させて頂きます。企画・監修の川上典李⼦さん、米山佳子さん、設営・アニメーションを担当してくれたYutaka Endoさん、また関係者の皆さま、どうもありがとうございました。


Date: March 09, 2023 – June 4th 2023
Location: Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

The ADC Annual Awards 2023

Very honored to be part of the jury for the ADC 102nd Annual Awards! I will be judging the product design category along with other amazing creatives :)

The ADC Annual Awards, part of The One Club for Creativity, is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. Now heading into its incredible 102nd year, these awards celebrate the very best in advertising, digital media, graphic and publication design, packaging and product design, motion, gaming, experiential and architecture, photography, illustration and fashion design all with a focus on artistry and craftsmanship.”

Matadero Madrid

DIMAD presents “JAPAN DESU”, a serie of exhibitions and activities that will showcase the creativity of leading Japanese designers and brands present around the world and that will take place at the Central de Diseño and Casa del Lector at Matadero Madrid.

“Activities will be carried out by experts who will bring the latest developments in the discipline to topics of interest to contemporary society: safe, connected and sustainable mobility for the cities of the future; architecture and design in Japan: graphics, fashion, product and interior design, video games, etc.

Among the featured guests are the Japanese designer based in New York, Nao Tamura; Giovanny Arroba, Senior Design Director of NISSAN, who will talk with Fabio Filippini, former design director of PININFARINA and independent consultant in Automotive Design; Cutu Mazuelos, CEO and partner of STONE DESIGNS.”

>Please stop by if you are in Madrid!
The info about my talk below:

Location: Central de Diseño
Date: 7PM,8 November, 2022
Presenta: Antonio Luna, editor de ROOM Diseño
Modera: Marta Alonso de Mayice

Arti oltre i confini

I am thrilled to be part of Japan Design/Arts beyond borders International Symposium curated by Rossella Menegazzo at the University of Milan. Please stop by if you happen to be in Milan.

LOCATION: 7 Via Festa del Perdono
DATE: 13-14 October, 2022

It will feature the participation of Japan’s most important designers and architects currently active on the international scene and Japanese and Italian designers who have written the history of design via intercultural synergies and collaborations centring on Milan.

The notables include Kengo Kuma, Natoto Fukasawa, Makio Hasuike, Toshiyuki Kita, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Setsu & Shinobu Ito, Andrea Branzi, and Reiko Sudo, as well as representatives of the younger generation such as Nao Tamura, Keiji Ashizawa, and Kosuke Araki.

The symposium focuses on contemporary Japanese design with its cultural implications, drawing on classical arts and the permeability of boundaries between creative idioms, from calligraphy to painting, arts applied to design, and architecture, and extending out to embrace the arts of flowers and scents. The categories of “fine arts” (bijutsu) and “applied arts” (kōgei) were borrowed from Europe in the late 19th century, while the concept of graphic design in contemporary terms replaced the concept of “technical-decorative design” (zuan) in the 1950s.


Ambientec team and I are very excited to collaborate with the master plant artist Satoshi Kawamoto and install 120 TURN+ lamps at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan for the SALONE DEL MOBILE.


I am thrilled to be one of the speakers at TEDxWasedaU, a TED TALK event hosted by Waseda University on June 26, 2022. The theme of this year is “Dear Us” and “Connection”.

I will speak about “the power of interconnection” and look back on my journey as a designer beginning at the age of 19. -In these times of Pandemic, war, racism, and rapid change, I hope that this talk will provide an opportunity to reaffirm the deep connections between us.

DATE: June 26th, 2022

Triennale Milano

The Tokyo Toilet / Milano
June 3 – 12, 2022
The installation showcases thirteen 1:1 scale segments of the toilets that are part of The Tokyo Toilet project. SKWAT, an artist collective from Tokyo, teams up with Japanese artist DAIDO MORIYAMA and graphic designer Satoshi Machiguchi, to introduce The Tokyo Toilet, realised within the public space of Tokyo, in Milan during Milan Salone Design Week.

Venice Biennale

Happy to introduce CASCADE and to be part of SOTTOVETRO an exhibition curated by Jean Blanchaert by WonderGlass!

PUBLIC DATES: 08.04. 2022 – 15.05. 2022
Opening Hours: Daily – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
LOCATION: Fondazione Berengo Art Space
Campiello della Pescheria 4, Murano

“Made in WonderGlass” is pleased to present SottoVetro, an exhibition curated by renowned art critic Jean Blanchaert within the prestigious surroundings of the Fondazione Berengo, in conjunction with the 59th Venice Biennale and the 2022 edition of Homo Faber.

WonderGlass intends to take visitors into an intimate landscape with this exhibition, presenting each artist’s secret – recipe – for creativity.
This coterie of contemporary artists and their artistic approaches to glass create a unified landscape of vibrant patterns, enticing textures, and pulsing colour palettes that spread their visual appeal. The observer is asked to explore the various combinations of materials that provide a powerful semantic effect, presenting itself in radically distinct experiences each time.

Golden TURN+

I am delighted to announce our new project TURNPLUS by Ambientec won Archiproducts Design Award 2021!


Honored to be a part of an exhibition ISSEY MIYAKE WATCH 25 watches by 12 designers at 2121 DESIGN SIGHT

12人のデザイナーによる25の腕時計展 2121 DESIGN SIGHT にて23日から。

October 23 (Sat) – November 3 (Wed), 2021


New Sage series from Ambientec currently showing at IFFT “+TALENTS” Tokyo!

IFFT Interior Lifestyle Living 芦沢啓治さんディレクション企画展「+TALENTS」にてAmbientecから発表されたSAGEの第二弾をプロトタイプを通して紹介させて頂いています。

◼️Tokyo Big Sight
DATE:10/18- 10/20/ 10am – 6pm
LOCATION:TOKYOビックサイト 南1•2ホール


Very honor to be a part of meaningful exhibition “Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today” at Vitra Design Museum among other great talents that I admire.

Vitra Design Museum

23.09.2021 – 06.03.2022

“Be it in furniture design, fashion design, industrial design, or interior design, women have contributed crucially to the development of modern design, both creatively and commercially. And yet books about the history of design often fail to mention them. The exhibition »Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today« at the Vitra Design Museum seeks to help redress the balance. Presenting women designers from the past 120 years, it tells a new, many-voiced story of design against the background of the struggle for equal rights and recognition. Around eighty women in design are showcased in the exhibition, including protagonists of modernism like Eileen Gray, Charlotte Perriand, Lilly Reich, and Clara Porset, business leaders like Florence Knoll and Armi Ratia, but also lesser-known figures like the social reformer Jane Addams. Contemporary positions and future outlooks are represented by such designers as Matali Crasset, Patricia Urquiola, Julia Lohmann, as well as the collectives Matri-Archi(tecture) and Futuress.”


On the occasion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture this unique exhibition brings together the worlds of contemporary art and cutting-edge design through the medium of glass.

Location Murano
Fondazione Berengo Art Space/ Compiello della Pescheria 4 Murano
Daily 10am-5pm
Location Venezia
Berengo Collection/ Calle Larga San Marco 412-413 Venezia
Daily 10am-5pm/ 8pm-10pm, Wednesday closed


Milan, March 2021-Japanese light design brand Ambientec creates sophisticated portable lamps that blend a jeweler’s craftsmanship with the rigor of optical science.

“Light is a powerful symbol of vitality and hope, and TURN+ is intended to be a light that you keep close by, to keep you company through all the moods and moments of your life. A lamp that you light by gently touching it is one that can create a strong sensory and emotional bond.” TURN+ can provide 500 hours of light without electricity, and is fully waterproof.

We would like to share TURN collection with people all over the world and hopefully provide light in times of darkness- Nao Tamura”

Photo:Hiroshi Iwasaki
Contact:Barbara Musso/

The Nova Building

WonderGlass, New project for The Nova Building in Westminster, London with a new Flow[T] ceiling bespoke installation!

“The Nova Building is ultra-modern, beautifully engineered and architecturally daring. A statement for living amid the grandeur of Westminster and Belgravia.”

79a Buckingham Palace Rd,
Westminster, London SW1W 0AJ,
United Kingdom

Elle Decor Design Walk 2020

Elle Decor Japanの木田さん、 Wonderwall代表の片山正通さんと渋谷の街にできたクリエイターたちによる公共トイレプロジェクト「THE TOKYO TOILET」についてお話をさせて頂きます。10/26(月)20:00~21:30

Archive below!
YOUTUBE Elle Decor Japan

The Tokyo Toilet

I am happy to announce my latest project! This project was a part of “The Tokyo Toilet”project organized by The Nippon Foundation. This project aims for the realization of a society where all kinds of diversity are accepted, by building public toilets. 17 toilets that are accessible for anyone regardless of gender, age, or disability will be created. Please check The Tokyo Toilet site for more details!


New color/ Khaki is for sale as a limited model at the Issey Miyake Shop!

“1/6 ワンシックス”に新色バンドが登場

Best of year winner 2019

Sage lamp for Ambientec won interior Design’s 14th annual”Best of Year 2019″ in the Task Lamp category. Thanks for the amazing honor Interior Design.

Category: Task Lamp
Client: Ambientec
Event: Jacob K. Javits Center/ Dec6, 2019