Japanese designer, Akiko Kuwahata graduated in 1999 with a degree in « Living Space Design » from Nihon University, College of Art in Japan. She studied Furniture and Interior Design at Arkitektskolen in Aarhus and worked as a cabinetmaker at Hinoki Kogei Co. ltd in Japan from 1999 – 2004.

Akiko Kuwahata, who lives and works in Denmark, designs sculptural and functional works which seem to resume the qualities of the two great design nations, Japan and Denmark, with their beautiful combination of sensual material, exquisite craftsmanship and elegant aerodynamic forms.


2017     The Danish Cabinetmakers association ‘’UNFOLD’’, Designmuseum, Danmark

2016     MINDCRAFT, Milano salone, Designmuseum, Copenhagen, Danmark

2016     Arts and Crafts Prize, bronze Copenhagen

2016     Design Miami/Basel, stand Maria Wettergren, Miami, USA

2015     Solo exhibition ‘’Hverdag/Every day’’, Butik for borddækning, Copenhagen, Danmark

2015     The Salon Art + Design, stand Galerie Maria Wettergren, New York, USA

2015     PAD Paris, Stand Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris, France

2015     Salon Maison et Objet, Human Made by Elisabeth Leriche, Paris, France

2014     PAD London, Stand Galerie Maria Wettergren, London, United Kingdom

2014     PAD Paris, Stand Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris, France

2013     Christmas collection with Lana Nocolejsen, Designmuseum, Copenhagen, Danmark

2013     Crafts Collection 17

2013     Invited to craftsmarket OVNHUS “Knock on Wood”

2013     Winner of Odense international short film Craft trophy conpetition OFF14, Odense, Danmark

2012     Crafts Collection 16

2011     Crafts Collection 15

2011     Exhibition Women Work in Wood-WoWoWo, England, United Kingdom

2010     Exhibition  »My precious », The Danish Cabinetmakers Association, Danmark

2009     Start design og produktion ”AKIKO” / Trainee at Cecilie Manz

2008     Trainee at Jeremy Walton

2007     Copenhagen Furniture Fair, Danmark

2005     Trainee at RKDO ( Raunkjær Kærgård Design Office )

2005     Copenhagen Furniture Fair AYA+AKIKO

2004     Studied furniture and interior design at Arkitektskolen, Aarhus, Danmark

2004     Exhibition The Scandinavian Furniture Fair

1999 – 2004        Worked as a cabinetmaker at Hinoki Kogei co.ltd,  Japan

1999     Graduated with a degree in Living Space Design from Nihon University, College of Art, Tokyo, Japan





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