Japanese designer Sosuke Nakabo is renowned for his simple, minimal, and utilitarian homeware products and office accessories. He has designed for the likes of Muji and Panasonic. It is perhaps his electronic devices that have garnered most acclaim, such as the Electric Heater, Air Circulator, and Aroma Diffuser, most of which have been produced by Plus Minus Zero (±0)—a company that is no stranger to Minimalissimo.
His latest work includes the award-winning design of the cordless vacuum cleaner, C030. The extremely easy handling of the previous model (Cordless Cleaner Y010) remains, while functional improvements have been made with everything else—including the feel of the floor nozzle steering and the garbage extraction mechanism—making for a completely new product design. The suction port, filter, and fan motor have been arranged in a straight line that heightens the suction efficiency, with the aim of creating a tool with as simple and robust a structure as possible. The accompanying stand allows this cleaner to be part of the living spaces in a home or office, rather than just being shut away in a closet.
Born in Kyoto in 1972, Sosuke Nakabo graduated in Product Design at Kyoto City University of Arts in 1998 and in Design Products at The Royal College of Art for postgraduate studies in 2002. He then went on to open an office in Kyoto in 2010 after gaining valuable experience with the likes of Jasper Morrison. Sosuke is also an associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology.