Akiko Kuwahata found inspiration for Stitch in an old embroidery ring from Japan, which is made in delicate softwood and stitched together with cherry bark. With Stitch, she has attempted to create a set of furniture that is characterized by the same functional perfection of form as can be found in this ancient Japanese tradition.

The round table and the matching stool of the work Stitch are both made of 4 mm thick maple veneer. Both pieces are lightweight while remaining solid and strong. The Stitch underlines the various potentials of wood as a material ans sparks admiration for the technique and innovating aesthetics used for this piece.

  • 2009
Table and stool
Maple, wax string
Table: 90 x 70 cm
Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Stitch
    2009
    Table and stool
    Maple, wax string
    Table: 90 x 70 cm
    Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2009
Table and stool
Maple, wax string
Table: 90 x 70 cm
Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Stitch
    2009
    Table and stool
    Maple, wax string
    Table: 90 x 70 cm
    Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2009
Table and stool
Maple, wax string
Table: 90 x 70 cm
Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Stitch
    2009
    Table and stool
    Maple, wax string
    Table: 90 x 70 cm
    Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2009
Table and stool
Maple, wax string
Table: 90 x 70 cm
Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Stitch
    2009
    Table and stool
    Maple, wax string
    Table: 90 x 70 cm
    Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2009
Table and stool
Maple, wax string
Table: 90 x 70 cm
Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
Limited edition of 20

    Stitch
    2009
    Table and stool
    Maple, wax string
    Table: 90 x 70 cm
    Stool: 42,5 x 39 x 29 cm
    Limited edition of 20

  • 2009
Julien Oppenheim pour Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Interieur

    Stitch
    2009
    Julien Oppenheim pour Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Interieur

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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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