In the northern part of Portugal, there is a small town (Parish - Portuguese: Freguesia) called Nine (Portuguese pronunciation: nee-neh), and it is said that the name has its roots in the English word “nine” (9). While the name has its origins in English, it sounds and carries the nuances of Portuguese. We were drawn to how the common spelling shows its original meaning, while the sound seems to reveal a completely different aspect. In addition, reading the word phonetically, according to Roman letters, makes more sense to the Japanese. Therefore, we have superimposed our design policy on the appeal of this town’s name, and added our own twist in the form of an accent on the “e” to name our studio “STUDIO NINÉ”.

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