Nao Tamura’s New York loft contains little to distract her from her work. The furnishings are minimalistic and the high white walls bare, but who needs flowers and pictures when you’ve got a roof terrace with a view of the East River?
The Japanese-born designer has been living in New York for several years and moved just a few months ago from Brooklyn to an attic apartment in Midtown, which also serves her as a studio. This is where Tamura, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, designs measuring jugs for a popular kitchenware manufacturer, elaborate light installations for a famous glass manufacturer, perfume bottles for a Japanese fashion house, and handwoven rugs for a well-known Spanish brand. Tamura has never confined herself to one medium or design form, and her clients range from tech giants to long-established Italian design companies.