Fusing timeless tradition with a fresh sensibility, Nanas Design is the go-to design house for interiors that perfectly reflect its clients’ personalities
Flipping through the portfolio of Nanas Design is like looking at an eclectic wonderland of interiors, and that is very much intentional. “We like to be chameleons,” explains director Mariko Konno. “Whenever we take on a new project, we always try to see things through the clients’ lens. This helps us understand their needs and wants, and better reflect their lifestyle.”
Nanas Design was born in 2018 and is the brainchild of Mariko Konno and Saki Funayama. Both ladies have over a decade of experience in the property, design and construction industries. But it was not just their love for style that drew them together, it was also their shared experiences.
“We both grew up outside of Japan and have been exposed to many different cultures and aesthetics throughout our lives. This not only allows us to be more versatile, it also helps us draw from both Eastern and Western influences when we design,” says Saki.
At first glance, the common thread that ties all of Nanas Designs professional work together might not be obvious. However, upon closer inspection, you will be able to see the influences of their Japanese heritage that has made the design firm such a powerhouse in their field.
For one, they are known for their attention to detail, especially when it comes to craftsmanship. They also believe in efficiency and putting everything to good use. “Japanese people traditionally don’t like to waste things, they would even cut up an old kimono and use it as coasters or wiping cloth,” shares Mariko.
And last, but definitely not least, the concept of Kaizen is something they adhere to. It’s a Japanese philosophy that means ‘continuous improvements’. This ensures that their designs are always at the highest level and are able to withstand the test of both time and functionality. After all, at Nanas Design, where form goes, function must follow.