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.
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