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About Atelier OPA : We are a design trio. We find solutions to design, art, architecture and education. In this project, we pursue and express the beauty, wonder and coolness of water. The proverb of Taoism says, “Jouzen ha mizu no gotoshi.” Water tells us the ideal way of life. First, water is flexible. Water assumes the shape of its vessel. Second, water is so humble that it will flow downward to any place. Third, water has the potential ability to break rock when it creates streams. Playing moments of fountain rings remind us of such a spontaneous way of life.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Art is a procedure to express one's thoughts. Design is a procedure to arrange materials and functions. Moreover, Engineering is a skill to design methods. Sugihara belonged to these three fields at different universities, so she has been studied multi-discipline way.

ORGANIZATION:
Design studio

EDUCATION:
Yuki Sugihara
1996, Imaging Arts and Sciences, BA, Musashino Art University, TOKYO/JAPAN
1998, Design Course, Master’s degree, Musashino Art University, TOKYO/JAPAN
2001, Advanced engeneering, Ph.D., University of Tokyo, TOKYO/JAPAN

Toshihiko Suzuki
1984, Architecture, BArch, Kogakuin University, TOKYO/JAPAN
1986, Architecture, Master’s degree, Kogakuin University, TOKYO/JAPAN
1999, Completed the doctoral program, Waseda University, TOKYO/JAPAN

Munetaka Ishikawa
2005, Product design, BA, Tohoku University of Art & Design, YAMAGATA/JAPAN
2007, Product design, Master’s degree, Tohoku University of Art & Design, YAMAGATA/JAPAN

EXPERIENCE:
Yuki Sugihara
2002, Researcher, Cité internationale des arts Paris, France
2003, Full-time lecturer at the Department of Product Design,
Tohoku University of Art & Design, YAMAGATA/JAPAN
2006, Associate professor at the Department of Product Design,
Tohoku University of Art & Design, YAMAGATA/JAPAN
2008, Representative Director, Atelier OPA, TOKYO/JAPAN

Toshihiko Suzuki
1984 Graduated in Architecture from Kogakuin University
1995-99 doctoral programe, Waseda University
1984-90, Architect, Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates
1985-86, Internship, EPA marne MARNE DE LA VALLEE/FRANCE
1990, Founder, Atelier OPA, TOKYO/JAPAN
1992-93, Artist fellowship, Agency for Cultural Affairs, KYOTO/JAPAN
1999, Associate professor, Department of Product Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design, YAMAGATA/JAPAN
2007, Associate professor, Industrial art course, Faculty of System Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University, TOKYO/JAPAN
2010, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture, Kogakuin University, TOKYO/JAPAN
2011, Professor, School of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Kogakuin University, TOKYO/JAPAN

Munetaka Ishikawa
2007, Desginer, Atelier OPA, TOKYO/JAPAN

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2016, Spazio Lexus, “Fountain Ring”, Fuori Salone, MILAN/ITALY
2013, Lexus Design Award exhibition, “The drinking fountain”, Permanente Museum, MILAN/ITALY
2008, Design For Asia Award exhibiton, “Water dome 2007” Silver Award, HK Int'l Exhibition Centre, HONG KONG/ITALY
2008, Seoul Design Olympiad 2008 Competition exhibition,“The Water dome park on the Hang-gang”, SEOUL/KREA
2008, I.D.The International Design Magazine Annual Design Review, “Water dome 2007”, Parsons School of Design, NEW YORK/USA
2001, Laval Virtual, "Head Mounted Water Display", LAVAL/FRANCE
1999, SIGGRAPH, "Head Mounted Water Display", Los Angeles Convention Center, LOS ANGELS/USA
1999, The Grand Prix of the 6th Japan Art Scholarship exhibition, "Water dome project", Spiral, TOKYO/JAPAN
1998, PHILIP MORRIS Art Award, "Head Mounted Water Display", Tokyo international forum, TOKYO/JAPAN

EVENTS:
2009, Exhibitor, Interior Lifestyle China,Shanghai New International Expo Center, SHANGHAI/China
2008, Exhibitor, Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt, FRANFULT/GERMANY
2003 Exhibitor, Design museum, LONDON/UK
2003, Exhibitor, ICFF2003 , NEW YORK/USA
2002 Exhibitor, Designers block, 100%DESIGN, LONDON/UK
2004 Exhibitor, Salone Satellite, Fiera Milano, MILAN/ITALY
2005 Exhibitor, Salone Satellite, Fiera Milano, MILAN/ITALY
2007 Exhibitor, Salone "Avverati / A Dream Come true" Fiera Milano, MILAN/ITALY
2007 Winner, Design for Asia Award Exhibition, HONGKONG/CHINA

AWARDS:
2014, iF Design Award, Product design award, FRANKFURT/GERMANY
2013, Lexus Design Award, Winner, MILAN/ITALY
2010, Green Good Design Award, Winner, CHICAGO/USA
2009, Design For Asia Award, Silver Award, HONG KONG/CHINA
2008, Design For Asia Award, Silver Award, HONG KONG/CHINA
2008, Seoul Design Olympiad 2008 Competition “The Water dome park on the Hang-gang” Honorable Mention, SEOUL/KOREA
2008, I.D.The International Design Magazine Annual Design Review, “Water dome 2007” Honorable Mention, NEW YORK/USA
2007, Design For Asia Award, Gold Award, HONG KONG/CHINA

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2015, "Fountain ring", Excite web, top page, October, TOKYO/JAPAN
2014, "The drinking fountain", Inventario 09, July MILAN/ITALY

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
2011, “Development of the water dome table -Furniture combining water flow-” AIDIA journal, China
2000, “Water Dome -An Augmented Environment-“ 2000 IEEE Conference on Information Visualization
An International Conference on Computer Visualization and Graphics Proceedings, pp.548-553,London,UK,
2000, “Water Dome Project” SIGGRAPH 2000,Sketch, Session 360°,NewOrleans,U.S.A.,2000/7/24 Conference Abstracts and Applications, p.278
1997, “A Proposal of Water Display” Proceedings of the seventh International Conference on Artificial Reality
and Tele-Existence (ICAT ’97 ), pp.63-70, Tokyo, Japan, 1997/12

BOOKS:
"Arne Jacpbsen", Author, TOTO publishing, TOKYO/JAPAN, ISBN-13: 978-4887063433
"Kenchiku product design", Author, Kodansha Ltd, TOKYO/JAPAN, ISBN9784061565203

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English (Advanced)
Italian (Pre-Intermediate)
Chinese (Beginner)
French (Beginner)
German (Beginner)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Advanced.

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2014 "Premio Compasso Volante," Politecnico di Milano, HANOI/VIETNAM and MILAN/ITALY
2013 "Premio Compasso Volante," Politecnico di Milano, MACAU, PALERMO and MILAN/ITALY
2012 "Premio Compasso Volante," Politecnico di Milano, MILAN/ITALY
2011 "Premio Compasso Volante," Politecnico di Milano, MILAN/ITALY

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2011, "Doctoral Education in Design conference" The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HONG KONG/CHINA.

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
Toshihiko Suzuki
2012, Director, The Scandinavian Architecture and Design Institute of Japan
2010, Director, Japan Society for Interior Studies

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2015, Future Convenience Store Contest, TOKYO/JAPAN
2013, Konica Minolta Eco and Art award, TOKYO/JAPAN

HOBBIES:
Reading books, seeing movies and studying foreign languages.

CLIENTELE:
2015, Miyamura Veterinary Clinic, Designed and constructed a hospital.
2015, Medical International Research Inc. Designed furniture and interior.
2013, Towa Co.,Ltd, Designed magnetic products.
2010, COMMA Group limited., Designed lightnings.
2009, Japan Tobacco Inc, Designed Water dome for summer events.
2008, Japan Tobacco Inc, Designed Water dome for summer events.
2008, Ibiza Co.,Ltd. Designed shops in Aoyama and Ginda, Tokyo.
2007, Japan Tobacco Inc, Designed Water dome for summer events.

WEB SITE:
http://www.atelier-opa.com

REGISTRATION DATE:
2015-08-03 10:03:35

COUNTRY:
Japan

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Atelier OPA


Fountain Ring Wearable Fountain Parts

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category in 2015
ATELIER OPA Co., Ltd. for Fountain Ring

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