Pieces @ Home - Naomi Otsu

What makes you feel at home in your own space?

Being surrounded by items that are visually satisfying and sentimental makes me feel most at home.

What does home mean to you?

Home is a safe space where you can be unapologetically you.

Is there a particular piece in your space that is most special to you?

I think the Akari A1 lamp by Noguchi would be the most significant item to me, it was the first designer purchase I made as an adult and the warm light makes me feel like I'm back at home in Japan.

In terms of designing your space, what was your approach?

I tried to assign some keywords that helped me guide my overall vision. I knew I wanted it to feel somewhat Japanese but I also am fascinated by Italian space age furniture. I ended up with the idea of wanting my space to feel like an uni-pasta dish, an exciting, decadent but familiar concoction that doesn't feel too out of reach.

Biggest indulgence that brings you joy in your home?

My green couch!

Is there an element of color in your apartment that makes you most happy and why?

I never had a favorite color until several years ago but as you can tell, I love green. Specifically a mossy, deep green. I think being in a city draws me to things/colors that remind me of nature.

Is there a specific era of design that most speaks to you?

I would probably describe my overall style as post-modern, however I am a huge trekkie so I think I am naturally drawn to designs from the space age movement.