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Ayako Aratani

b. 1983, Chiba, Japan

Lives and works in Detroit, USA

I embrace imperfection through honest handcraft of artful objects that realize physical and visual comfort. Finding the value in organic and rhythmical irregularity, my creations embody hopeful metaphors to extend beyond the boundary of function.

 

Contact

studio.ayako.aratani@gmail.com

C/O Studio Aratani Fay

40 W Howard St, Suite 328, Pontiac, MI 48342, USA

EDUCATION

2016

Cranbrook Academy of Art  Bloomfield Hills, MI USA

Master of Fine Arts in 3D Design

2007

Chiba University  Chiba, Japan

Bachelor of Engineering in Product Design

EXHIBITIONS

Duo Exhibition

2019  Lawless - Aratani Fay at Salon Gallery, Boston, MA

Group Exhibition

2022  Stop Making Sence at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, USA

2021  Cranbrook Chair Show at Studio Jack Craig, Detroit, USA

2020  Never Normal at Wasserman Project Gallery, Detroit, USA

2019  Edge Walkers at Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, Harrisonburg, USA

2018  The Blue Room at The Fisher Mansion, Detroit, USA

2013  Journey Exhibition at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

2011  Lonmiladonno at HAC Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2010  Interior Lifestyle at Seibu Mall, Tokyo, Japan

2009  Zero Exhibition at Ark Hills, Tokyo, Japan

2006  Tokyo Designers Week at Jingu Gaien, Tokyo, Japan

Award Exhibition

2019  UNESCO WWTC in Graz, Austria

2014  Library Chair Award at Saku city library, Nagano, Japan

2014  Good Design Award ar Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo, Japan

2014  MUJI Award in Japan, Canada, Taiwan, China

2013  Good Design Award at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan

2012  Kids Design Award in Kobe, Fukui, Japan

2010  Good Design Award at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan

Tradeshow

2018  ADD Show at Piers 92 & 94, NYC USA

2017  Studio North Interior Design Show at MTTC, Toronto, Canada

2017  Salone Satellite at Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

2017  American Design Club at ICFF, NYC USA

2016  After Dark at Detroit Design Festival Eastern Market Detroit, MI USA

2016  Collective Design at Skylight Clarkson Square, NYC USA

2014  IFFT at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan

2013  IFFT at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan

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PRIZES AND AWARDS

2019  UNESCO Design City World Wide Things Collection for Click-Clock

2017  Designlines Magazine 1 of 100 Editor's Choice for Click-Clock

2015  IF Design Award for L- table by Okamura

2014  Good Design Award for L- table by Okamura

2014  MUJI International Design Competition Bronze for O-Sketch

2014  Saku City Design Award Gold for Library Chair

2014  Good Design Award for Ruschello by Okamura

2013  Good Design Award for Omnes by Okamura

2012  Kids Design Award for Stella by Okamura

2009  Good Design Award for Scholar Light Desk by Okamura

2009  Eco-friendly Design Award for Scholar Light Desk by Okamura

2005  Iwaizumi Natural Wood Design Award for Kizuna bench

GRANTS

2015  Florence M. Burt Scholarship

2015  Union Foundation For Ergo-design Culture

2015  Nomura Foundation

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TEACHING

Sep 2021 - present

College for Creative Studies  Detroit, MI USA

Adjunct Professor

Feb 2020

Laurence Technology University  Southfield, MI USA

Guest Instructor

 

Feb 2019 - Apr 2020

College for Creative Studies  Detroit, MI USA

Guest Critic

May 2016

Wayne State University  Detroit, MI USA

Guest Critic

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