« Koko is a bench made of Oregon Pine that has a beautiful wood grain pattern. I gave it a traditional japanese surface treatment –UZUKURI: you use a very stiff brush to press down the soft grain (summer grain) and the hard grain (winter grain) comes out. Afterwards you polish with a horsetail brush. This treatment make the surface stronger and beautiful. Koko is the hollow, so the weight is only 14 kg. » Akiko Kuwahata.

The Japanese designer, Akiko Kuwahata graduated in 1999 with a degree in Living Space Design from the 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 Denmarks with their beautiful combination of sensual material, exquisite craftsmanship and elegant aerodynamic forms.

  • 2007
Bench
Oregon pine
160 x 50 x 42 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Koko
    2007
    Bench
    Oregon pine
    160 x 50 x 42 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2007
Bench
Oregon pine
160 x 50 x 42 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Koko
    2007
    Bench
    Oregon pine
    160 x 50 x 42 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2007
Bench
Oregon pine
160 x 50 x 42 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Koko
    2007
    Bench
    Oregon pine
    160 x 50 x 42 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2007
Bench
Oregon pine
160 x 50 x 42 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Koko
    2007
    Bench
    Oregon pine
    160 x 50 x 42 cm
    Limited edition of 20

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    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.

     

     

    SELECTED AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS

    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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