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About Aya Kawabata : About Aya is a designer, and artist from Tokyo, Japan. She currently splits her time between her job in NYC and travelling to speak at design festivals throughout Europe. Her work has been shown at Milan and Paris design week, London Design Festival, ICFF NYC, and Tokyo Design Week. She was also featured by Vogue Magazine UK, Maison&Objet Paris, Textiel Plus Netherlands and more. More recently, her work was a finalist for addition to the permanent collection of the Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan and the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands. She earned a Master's degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she developed her style and approach to design - combining the modern and traditional. Her second major was in architecture which also gives her a deep understanding and perspective on spacial design. From ages 3 to 18 she studied classical violin; this early and extensive study of music continues to be a big influence on her process. While growing up in Japan, her hobbies included Japanese fencing, and the philosophy and practice of the traditional tea ceremony. Recent Recognition: 2017 Chosen to attend SaloneSatellite in Salone del Mobile in Milan design week as founder of Aya Kawabata Design. 2016 Winner “best new talent” at the DMY Berlin International Design Festival. 2015 Featured in Designboom design magazine and TL mag. Selected as a Adobe Creative Jam Young Best Local Designer in NYC. Her design work for Dutch Invertuals exhibition was featured by New York Times, Global interview, The Face and more.
I often contemplate the void that
surrounds my world. Between object and object, space and object, and time length and depth, there are so many voids that we cannot see. I think it is really similar to composing music.
I believe design is one of the ways to construct a specific story that figures out the void in my world.
Studio Aya Kawabata
2015, MFA, Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art,
BroomfieldHills, MICHIGAN / U.S.A.
2011, BFA, Graphic design, Tama Art University, Hachiouji,
2016-present, Designer, Redpeak group NYC /USA.
2015 Summer Deisgn collaborator, Studio Klein, Berlin /
2015-present, International designer,
Edhv design Studio and, Eindhoven / Netherlands.
2015 spring, International designer, Dutch Invertuals, Eindhoven / Netherlands.
2015, Design Intern, Edhv design studio, Eindhoven /Netherlands.
2014, Design Intern, Edhv design studio, Eindhoven /Netherlands.
2013, Design Intern, Alfalfa studio, NewYork City/USA.
2017, ,” Salone Satellite in Salone del Mobile in Milan“,MILAN. ITALY
2016,” Surprice Japan“ selcted Japanese designes exhibition at Design pier, Usagi gallery, With ISSAY MIYAKE, KENGO KUMA with ITTALA, and other 10 Japanese designers, HONGKONG
2016,London design junktion, LONDON, UNITEDLINGDOM
2016,”MoOD Bulessels” , BLUSSELS, BERGIUM
2016 ,27th Brno Biennal, BRNO
2016,DMY international design festival, BERLIN,GERMANY
2016,Salone del mobile in Milan, Pinkdot award,MILAN, ITALY
2015,NYC Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1, printed matter. NYC U.S.A.
2015,”Body Language”.Salone del Mobile in Milan Design Week,With Dutch Invertuals, DepnaLaurance, MILAN ITALY
2015,The Grand Paris Design Festival. PARICE FRANCE
2015,”Mercedes-Benz Art Show” Bloomfield, MI, U.S.A.
2014 “Mercedes-Benz Show” Bloomfield, MICHIGAN, U.S.A.
2014,Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, MI, U.S.A.
2014,”CHICAGO EXPO”Navy Pier, Chicago, U.S.A.
2014,Liminal Space’s first exhibition, Chicago, U.S.A.
2014,StereoType: Typography, BSA space, Boston, U.S.A.
2014,Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, U.S.A.
2013.Image of the Studio, Cooper Union, NYC, U.S.A.
2011,Design Festa, Tokyo, Japan
2011,Selected young artist, Sankei Building,Tokyo, Japan
2011,Shimokitazawa Live Painting, Tokyo, Japan
2011,TAU Graphic Design Selected Works, Tokyo, Japan
2016, “DMY international design festival” Selected
as a New Tarent Exhibitor, BERLIN. GERMANY
2015 “NYC Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1“, “designer for art book” NYC U.S.A.
2016 Salone del mobile in Milan, Pinkdot award
2014 CHICAGO EXPO, Navy Pier, CHICAGO, U.S.A.
Awards ( 2015-16)
2016 DMY Berlin international design festival Best New Talent Design Award.
2016 Pinkdot award in Milan Design International design week
2015 Nominated as a finalist “Cranbrook Museum permanent collection graduate Degree Exhibition Aword
2014-2015 Mercedes-Benz financial
2015 Adobe Creative Jam NYC 4th
2016 Czech Republic, Brno 27th Brno Biennal (selected from 1200 application)
2016 STEDEJIK MUSEUM selected permeant collection final short list by the museum
2015 selected top local young designers by the Adobe Creative Jam
Awards ( -2014)
2013—2014 Ernest A.Jones Scholarchip
2014 Museum of contemporary Art Detroit Detroit, MI, Nominate as a monster drawing artist
2014 CHICAGO EXPO, Chicago, ILSelected animation work
2014 Mercedes-Benz Show, Bloomfield, MI Selected drawings and posters.
2014 Cranbrook Art Museum T-shirts design contest, Bloomfield, MI
2011 Graphic design five kan gen Tokyo award,Advertising design selection award.
2011 The most-valuable student award intramural tournament of Tama Art University
2010T a m a g o n o k o u b o u a w a r d .
2009 Graphic of Young Artist Exhibition under the auspices of the Sankei Newspaper Building of To k y o .
2017 "Standing out from the crowd" selected best four young designer from Salone Satellite Salone del mobile in Milan, LUXOS Milan design 2017 issue.
2016, “AyaKawabata””Vogue UK “ December Issue,LONDON UNITEDKINGDAM.
2016 “AyaKawabata” “Meson&Objet Inspiration book 2016 “House of game”,page , September/October PARIS, FRANCE
2015 “New York Times””DutchInvertuals( I worked as a visual design and art direction entire of exhibition) April, MILAN, ITALY
2016 “27th Brno Biennial Exhibition Catarogue”,
Brno, Czech Republic
2015 “Cranbrook Graduation Year Book”
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills MICHIGAN/USA
2015 5D designers, Ian Coloran MICHIGAN/ U.S.A.
2011“Tama Art University Year Book”Tama Art University TOKYO/JAPAN
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills MICHIGAN/USA
2017 20th Salone Satellite in Salone del mobile in Milan Catalogue.
2016 Brno Biennale exhibtioncatalogue, Brno Chezhi
2015,”Norway Noway” 150 pages, Grafil, MoMAPS1 Art BookFair, Aya Kawabata, OSLO, NORWAY, NEWYORK, USA.
2015 “Cranbrook Graduation Year Book”, Cranbrook Art Museum, MICHIGAN, USA.
2015 5D designers, 40pages, Ian Coloran BROOMFIELDHILLS/ U.S.A.
2014-15 “Ernest A.Jones Scholarchip” Cramnrook Academy of art MICHIGAN/ USA
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Expert/ After Effect Fudamental.
COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2015 “The Ventriloquist Summerschool, Grafil, OSLO/NORWAY
SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2016”DMY International Design Festival” BERLIN/GERMANY
2016”Kyu design conference” SANFRANSISCO/USA
2014 “TYPE San Francisco” SANFRANSISCO/ USA
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2016, Art Directors Club in NEWYORK / USA
2015, Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni association/BROOMFIELDHILLS,MISHIGAN/U.S.A.
2011, Tama Art University alumni association,
2007, Kunitachi Music University alumni association
2015, Cranbrook Art Museum, Permanent collection finalist, MICHIGAN/U.S.A.
2015, Private Collection MICHIGAN, U.S.A.
2015, Mercedes-Benz Art Show, accepted amd exhibited/MICHIGAN/USA
2014, Mercedes-Benz Art Show, accepted amd exhibited/MICHIGAN/USA
2016 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Selected Permanent collection final list, AMSTERDAM/NETEHRLANDS
2014 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit,,Monster Drawing, work is sold and exhibot. MICHIGAN/USA
Violin, Composing music, Baking,Trip,Tea,Coffee,Water.
Visiting many place all over the world. Reading. Sketches.
2016-present, Intel, Designed packade design, advertising, catarogue, posters.
2016 DesignPier, Exhibition design and art direction
2015 Spring-summer, IKEA, requested design
ideas for their event posters for future project.
2015, Dutch inverturals,Visual designs for their exhibition in Milan, Paris and Netherlands.
2015-They Might Be Giants, requested music video
2015 Tunica Magazine, collaboration design project
2014 Alfalfa studio NYC, Poster design fo their book
United States of America
Awards received by Aya Kawabata
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