Chikara Ohno — director of Tokyo-based architecture and interiors firm Sinato — is not a minimalist, but his spaces are simple. Rather than decorating with a lot of color and pattern, he uses light and shadow to "sculpt" spaces into unfamiliar environments that imprint themselves on one's memory. It's an interesting approach to design that warrants a close look.
Best known for his retail interiors, Ohno stormed the blogoshpere a couple of years ago when his design for the Patrick Cox store in Tokyo appeared on Contemporist and a bunch of other blogs. I.D. Magazine described him as a "confident and impressively original" innovator, and his work continuously shows up on "best of" lists for retail design. To see more of his work, check out Sinato's online portfolio.
• Rolls, Diesel Denim Gallery — Tokyo
• Duras — Dubai
• Patrick Cox — Tokyo
• ABC Cooking Studio — Nagoya
• Duras — Funabashi
MORE INFORMATION: Sinato.jp