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Ayako Aratani

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Ayako Aratani

Born: 1983

Hometown: Detroit

Lives and Works: Detroit

 

Ayako Aratani is a Japanese furniture designer based in Detroit. Her creations embrace imperfection through the handcraft of artful objects in the home that embody physical and visual comfort. She reimagines functional products as playful individuals with whimsical personalities that live their own lives side by side with us. Finding the value in irregularity and distortions Ayako engages with materials and fabrication processes that allow each piece to invoke a feeling of welcome, familiarity, and harmony in the home.

Aratani was born and raised in Japan where she studied product design at Chiba University graduating in 2007 with a Bachelors of Engineering. In 2016 she received her Master of Fine Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the 3D design department. Her work awarded including 1 of 100 selections by Designlines Magazine in 2017 for a clock, the iF Design Award in 2015 for a table currently manufactured by Okamura, and the 2014 Bronze Prize MUJI International Design Award for children’s stationery. Past exhibitions are a solo show at Salon Gallery in Boston, Architectural Design Digest Show in NYC, Salone Satellite in Milan, Collective Design in NYC, Interior Design Show in Toronto.

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Click Clock L | White with Brass Hands by Ayako Aratani
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Click Clock L | White with Brass Hands

Ayako Aratani

US$ 165

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Click Clock L | White with Black Hands by Ayako Aratani
Design

Click Clock L | White with Black Hands

Ayako Aratani

US$ 165

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Roommate Stand Lamp by Ayako Aratani
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Roommate Stand Lamp

Ayako Aratani

US$ 2,000

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Roommate Desk Lamp by Ayako Aratani
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Roommate Desk Lamp

Ayako Aratani

US$ 1,000

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Click Clock L | Bermuda Green with Black Hands by Ayako Aratani
Design

Click Clock L | Bermuda Green with Black Hands

Ayako Aratani

US$ 165

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Click Clock L | Bermuda Green with Brass Hands by Ayako Aratani
Design

Click Clock L | Bermuda Green with Brass Hands

Ayako Aratani

US$ 165

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Click Clock L | Ice Gray with Black Hands by Ayako Aratani
Design

Click Clock L | Ice Gray with Black Hands

Ayako Aratani

US$ 165

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Click Clock L | Ice Gray with Brass Hands by Ayako Aratani
Design

Click Clock L | Ice Gray with Brass Hands

Ayako Aratani

US$ 165

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