Participating Creators

Mike Abelson

Product Designer and POSTALCO founder. In 1997 designed Jack Spade mens' products and brand image in New York. In 2000 founded POSTALCO in Brooklyn, NY. POSTALCO is now based in Tokyo for over 12 years. Applying traditional Japanese skills, POSTALCO designs and hand makes fine stationery, outerwear and leather goods. The POSTALCO Design Office consults for a wide variety of clients in graphic and product design.

ALMA Project / National Astronomical Observatory of Japan + PARTY + Qosmo + Epiphany Works

An international project carried out by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, which is part of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences. ALMA operates a high-performance radio telescope system constructed in Chile by an international team from East Asia including Japan, North America, and Europe. The system is comprised of sixty-six 12-meter and 7-meter parabola antennas. By connecting them, they can function as a huge radio telescope the size of Tokyo's Yamanote Train Line. Through ALMA, the project is taking on the challenge of solving the various mysteries of space. The project received a Good Design Gold Award in 2013 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.Project members are as follows: Masaaki Hiramatsu and Sorahiko Nukatani(National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Masashi Kawamura, Qanta Shimizu Jamie Carreiro and Eiji Muroichi (PARTY NY), Taeji Sawai, Nao Tokui and Toru Urakawa(Qosmo), Sari Hayashiguchi (Epiphany Works).
[Chile, Japan, USA]

Photograph: Pilar Catalán de Ocón

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

Born 1975 in Madrid, Spain. After graduating from Business and Administration Studies in Madrid decided to study industrial design graduating with Honours from Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design, London 2004. Established his own studio in Barcelona (now in Madrid) in 2004. Recent years he has shown his work at Rossana Orlandi's gallery during the International Furniture Fair in Milan as many others along the world. He has received several awards includes, The Best Products of the Year exhibition in the London Design Museum (2014), the CODESPA Prize (2013), the DELTA Prize (2004), as well as the AD as Upcoming studio of the year (2014).

Douglas Coupland

Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. His first novel in 1991 was Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland's novels and visual works synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.

DNA Charlois / Wandschappen
[Participating as DNA Charlois & Christien Meindertsma / Wandschappen]

Nicole Driessens & Ivo van den Baar, are the visual artists that have founded the production company for art and design, Wandschappen, in 1999. Since then they have developed a large range of artworks, design products and projects with a strong connection to the neighborhood of Rotterdam Charlois. Next to that they have developed design prototypes and productions for colleague designers, such as Marcel Wanders, Christien Meindertsma, or Hella Jongerius.

Photograph: Vincent Mentzel

Christien Meindertsma
[Participating as DNA Charlois & Christien Meindertsma / Wandschappen]

Christien Meindertsma explores the life of products and raw materials. Following her first book, Checked Baggage (2004), her award winning second book, PIG 05049 (2007), is an extensive collection of photographic images that documents an astounding array of products that different parts of an anonymous pig called 05049 could support. Her work has been exhibited in MoMA (New York), Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (New York). She has graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2003.


Fixperts is an online platform developed by Daniel Charny and James Carrigan in 2012. It encourages designers to use their skills to solve everyday problems in people's lives, filming the process and uploading a video to the internet to act as an inspiration and guide to others. Fixperts gives individuals the insight and confidence to find solutions for themselves and others.

[Participating in the Fixperts project]

aomo is a group of students-Maki Ohashi, Saki Ozawa, Yukie Morohashi, and Ayaka Yamamoto-who study Information Design at the Department of Information Design in the Faculty of Art and Design of Tama Art University. At the university, they mainly communicate using all sorts of media, from books to the Internet, and they study ways to cultivate design capabilities for the sake of information design.

Atelier Hoko
[Participating in the Fixperts project]

Founded by Alvin Ho and Clara Koh. Hoko (2002) is an independent research lab focusing on investigations towards material and immaterial conditions that make up our experience of the everyday. In 2013, the long-term research program Science of the Secondary was launched to develop an open-ness and ability to un-know, bringing about a heightened curiosity towards all phenomena which can lead to potential applications within the creative field.

[Participating in the Fixperts project]

kvina is a creative unit made up of writer and manga artist Erika Kobayashi, graphic designer Mina Tabei, photographer Kasane Nogawa, and illustrator Hisae Maeda. In spring of 2010, they launched Libro de Kvina, a project using libro-books-as the motif. In the project they carry out self-publishing, product design, exhibition production and other work in three languages: Japanese, English and Esperanto. The women push the project forward while discussing their ideas and dreams at breakfast meetings held several times a month.

Saran Yen Panya
[Participating in the Fixperts project]

56thStudio is a multidisciplinary design studio co-founded by Saran Yen Panya and Napawan Tuangkitkul. In their studio, form follows story. Their aim is to explore objects that are not only functional but also communicative. Trying their best to combine fashion, furniture, graphic and textile altogether, they enjoy rummaging through a junkyard or a flea market to find weird and wonderful forms or underrated patterns.

Jo Nagasaka
[Participating in the Fixperts project]

Born 1971 in Osaka, Japan. After graduation from Tokyo National University of Arts, he founded Schemata Architects in 1998. In 2007, the office relocated and created a space named "Happa" where he shares an art gallery and other design offices. His recent works include: Sayama Flat, 2008; House in Okusawa, 2010; Aesop Aoyama/Ginza, 2011; HANARE, Udukuri for Established and Sons, 2012; Takeo Kikuchi store, Tokyo, 2013; ColoRing at Rossana Orlandi, 2013; 3.1 Philip Lim, WORLD BASICS, 2013.

Seiichi Hishikawa
[Participating in the Fixperts project]

Filmmaker / Photographer / Writer / Lyricist
One of the original founding members of DRAWING AND MANUAL since 1997. He has produced a wide variety of works such as commercial films and opening sequences of TV dramas. He teaches as an assigned professor of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University since 2009 and became a triple crown winner at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2011. And the last year, he directed his first short movie Suzu. His recent work includes the titleback of NHK taiga drama Yae no Sakura. [Japan]

Photograph: Alxander Shneider for Axor/Hansgrohe

[Participating as Front & the Siyazama Project / Editions in Craft]

Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren are the members of the Swedish design group Front. Front's design objects often communicate a story to the observer about the design process, about the material it is made of, or about conventions within the design field. In their work they have assigned part of the making of design to animals, computers or machines. They have made a constantly changing interior, created objects with explosions, robotic furniture and a range of furniture inspired by their fascination with magic. Clients include Moroso, Kartell, Kvadrat, Moooi and Cassina ixc. Their work has been shown at MoMA (New York), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein) and more.

The Siyazama Project
[Participating as Front & the Siyazama Project / Editions in Craft]

The Siyazama Project was founded in 1999 by Dr. Kate Wells, professor at the Durban University of Technology as part of "Design Education for Sustainable Development". The aim of the research is to better understand the effect of beadwork craft as a visual metaphoric expression, and seeks to promote the role of design as a means to spread information about HIV/AIDS. Today, the Siyazama Project functions as a bead craft collective.
[Republic of South Africa]

Editions in Craft
[Participating as Front & the Siyazama Project / Editions in Craft]

Editions in Craft (EiC) is an international platform for artists and designers to explore the technical and artistic possibilities of traditional crafts and specialized manufacturing worldwide. Its objective is to help preserve local and traditional crafts by encouraging collaboration with contemporary artists and designers. EiC was founded in 2008 by curators Renée Padt and Ikko Yokoyama and is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Photograph: Jeroen van Ooirschot

Massoud Hassani

Born 1983 in Afghanistan, moved to the Netherlands in 1998 in search of a new life. By the age of nine he had learnt to weld and worked as a car mechanic. So it was an enlightening moment when he arrived in the Netherlands and discovered that there was a profession called "product designer". As soon as he could, he enrolled to study at the Eindhoven Design Academy. Having adopted a new lifestyle and cultural habits, he focused his study on research into building a bridge between the two cultures. He graduated in 2011 and now works from his own studio in Eindhoven with his brother Mahmud Hassani.

Takashi Homma

Photographer Takashi Homma was born 1962 in Tokyo. From 2011 to 2012, he held his first travelling solo exhibition New Documentary (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, MIMOCA). He has released numerous collections of photographs, and he wrote Tanoshii Shashin: Yoiko no Tame no Shashin Kyoshitsu (fun-filled photography: a photo class for good boys and girls). In January of 2014, he published a sequel, Tanoshii Shashin 3, workshop edition. He currently teaches at the Graduate School of Tokyo Zokei University as a guest professor.

Photograph: Tim Meier

Humans Since 1982

Both born in 1982, Per Emanuelsson (Sweden) and Bastian Bischoff (Germany) founded their studio in 2009/2010 during their Master graduation at the School of Design and Crafts Gothenburg(HDK). Since 2010 they are based in Stockholm. Meanwhile their client list contains the world most influential art collectors, international museums and corporations such as Goldman Sachs, LVMH and Fendi. Their work has been shown at museums and galleries in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Brussels, Seoul, New Delhi, Beijing, Stockholm.

Maki Onishi + Yuki Hyakuda / o + h

Maki Onishi was born in 1983. She graduated from Kyoto University School of Architecture in 2006 and completed a Master's course in 2008 at the University of Tokyo Graduate School. Yuki Hyakuda was born in 1982, graduated from Kyoto University School of Architecture in 2006, and completed a Master's course in 2008 from Kyoto University Graduate School. In 2008, they became co-leaders of onishimaki+hyakudayuki / o+h. They engage in a wide range of activities from installation to urban development, with a focus on architectural design. Their major works include Double Helix House (2011) and Satoumi Station (2013). The pair received numerous awards, including the SD Review 2007 Kashima Award and the 2012 New Architecture Award.

Makoto Orisaki

An inter-design artist, Makoto Orisaki contemplates the wisdom of incorporating natural forces, advocating and practicing creative works that gain profit without being dependent on material amounts or cost. Shapes originating from his thoughts have been registered throughout the world as patents, and is about to be released as products. He took part in exhibitions such as Art Setouchi 2013 on Shodoshima Island, New Vision Saitama III: 7 eyes x 7 ways exhibition in 2007 (The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama), Braun Exhibition in 2005, Filing Exhibition in 2004, and solo exhibition Hole Works in 1998 at Habitat in the UK. In 2002, he planned, constructed and directed the File Exhibition and designed and produced the venue for DESIGNTIDE TOKYO 2012. His awards include the Urbanart #1 Grand Prix and judges' selection, the 14th Kuwasawa Award, and many others.

Florie Salnot

Florie Salnot is a designer in the area of Product, Service and Interaction Design. She has worked as a Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, and on different projects in the area of social design, including WellenLängen, (2014), The little Things, a Fixperts Challenge (2012), Plastic Gold (2010). 
Florie holds an MA in Design Product from the Royal College of Art in London.

Studio Swine

Studio Swine is co-founded by a Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves. Central to Studio Swine's practice is the notion of place-making and research led design that is the product of a region, its culture, crafts and resources. Swine believes that desire is the greatest agent of change and to this end, explores design through material innovation and creating new sustainable systems whilst placing an equal importance on aesthetics. Studio Swine has been awarded at Wallpaper*, Cannes Film Festival, and have been nominated for the designs of the year award at the Design Museum in London.


Superflux is an Anglo-India design studio based in London, renowned for consistently producing inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture. Recent work includes the design of prosthetic vision tools for the visually impaired, development of the Internet of Things Academy, large-scale devices visualizing quantum computing, pirate networks for autonomous UAVs, speculative narratives investigating illegal markets for synthetic biology and community-enabling services for urban India.

takram design engineering

takram is a creative innovation firm with design engineers specializing in design and engineering as the core players, working together with other diverse professionals such as spatial, graphic and service designers. At present, about thirty members work at their base in Tokyo's Omotesando where they take on a variety of projects. All sorts of inquiries and consultations are brought into takram's office on a daily basis from diverse corporations, ventures and organizations seeking advice for everything from hardware and software to services, space, branding and organization educational programs.

Yosuke Ushigome

Yosuke Ushigome is Designer / Technologist / Associate at Superflux. Graduated from Design Interactions at Royal College of Art in 2013, his practice in Critical Design has the aim of creating a space for discussions on our futures which are increasingly shaped by technology and geopolitics. Projects range from visualising future scenarios, to developing and prototyping interactive systems, and to commissioned artwork.

Photograph: Christopher Hunt

Josefin Vargö

Experience Designer. Born in 1982, Stockholm. Resides in Sweden. She has spent half her life living in Japan, USA, UK, Poland and Africa. She develops new platforms, experiences and processes for connecting people, places and objects. Currently, food is used as her main material. Graduated 2008 from CSM University of the Arts London and 2011 from Konstfack University of Art, Crafts and Design Stockholm. She runs her own studio practice and is the co-founder of the Experience Design platform UNDERVERK. Clients include Nike, Media Surf, Roskilde Festival and Byggstudio.

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