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Ayako Aratani

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Ayako Aratani

Hometown: PONTIAC

Based in: Detroit

 

Ayako Aratani is a 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 Bachelor of Engineering. In 2016 she received her Master of Fine Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art in the 3D design department. Past exhibitions are a solo show as a duo of Aratani Fay at Salon Gallery in Boston, a selected group exhibition at Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Architectural Design Digest Show in NYC, Salone Satellite in Milan, Collective Design in NYC, Interior Design Show in Toronto.

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Roommate Pendant Lamp

Ayako Aratani, United States

Lighting

US$ 1,000

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Click Clock L | White with Brass Hands by Ayako Aratani

Ayako Aratani, United States

Design Objects

US$ 165

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Click Clock L | White with Black Hands by Ayako Aratani

Ayako Aratani, United States

Design Objects

US$ 165

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Roommate Stand Lamp by Ayako Aratani

Ayako Aratani, United States

Lighting

US$ 1,200

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Roommate Desk Lamp by Ayako Aratani

Ayako Aratani, United States

Lighting

US$ 1,000

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

Ayako Aratani, United States

Design Objects

US$ 165

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

Ayako Aratani, United States

Design Objects

US$ 165

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

Ayako Aratani, United States

Design Objects

US$ 165

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

Ayako Aratani, United States

Design Objects

US$ 165

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Roommate Lamp by Ayako Aratani

Ayako Aratani, United States

Lighting

US$ 1,000

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About Ayako Aratani


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

irregularity, intuitive, and rhythmical


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Harry Bertoia, Ruth Adler Schnee


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Brazing torch

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