Gwenael Nicolas was born in 1966 in Bretagne, France, and lives and works in Tokyo.
He studied at l’ESAG (Ecole Superieure d’Arts Graphiques et d’Architecture) in Paris
where he graduated in 1988 with a masters in interior design.
After 2 years in London at the Royal College of Art, he graduated with a masters
in industrial design. In 1991 he moved to Tokyo to collaborate with Water Studio
(Cassina Ixc. Boomerang Sofa) and Issey Miyake for interior design (Pleats
Please Shops) and perfume design (le Feu d’Issey). In 1998 he founded his studio
“Curiosity” with producer Reiko Miyamoto which is involved in product design,
interior and architecture.
Nintendo Gameboy, Cassina Ixc, Ntt Docomo, Lg, Arti, Inax, Yves Saint Laurent.
Sony, Tag Heuer, Issey Miyake, Aveda, Nissan, Uniqlo,
Dupont Corian, Pompidou Center (Paris)
. Jcd (Japan Society Of Commercial Space Designers) Award
. Gold Prize: Asta Aveda
. Jury Prize: Uniqlo Shop
. Dda (Display Design Award)
. Silver Prize: 39th Tokyo Motorshow Nissan Booth
. Interior Planning Award 2006
. Gold Prize: C-1 (Architecture)
. Dda Silver Prize: 38th Tokyo Motorshow Nissan Booth
. Jcd Dupont Corian Showroom
. Jcd Mars The Salon, Sony Qualia Showroom
. If Design Award (Germany) Me Issey Miyake Shop,
Tag Heuer Shop, Le Feu D’issey, Le Feu D’issey Handbag Spray,
Boomerang Sofa, Cassina Ixc
The characteristics of Gwenael Nicolas’ design are translucency, emotional
coloring and attractive forms. When you come to use the products or encounter
the spaces, you realize the designs are not just about superficial beauty,
but that considerable thought has also gone into their functionality.
The design originates from a story board with subjects as the central focus,
then he incorporates an element of discovery and unpredictability in the design.
Each project is created like a “perfume” with a first, second and third note.
At first the design seems cool and abstract, but when you interact with it,
“surprise” something unexpected happens, and a smile appear on your face.
Finally the more you use it the more you feel attached to it.