Mai Suzuki will exhibit innovative works that create undiscovered(MICHI) possibilities for the traditional craft of "Kumiko".Through a fusion of craftsmanship and technology, she transformed kumiko flats into a hemispherical.
Born in Tokyo in 1998. She is the founder of "NAMAIKI," a project to create Japanse sense of iki. She designs from the perspective of "Creation x Technology x Business" by asking "What is true value?
After graduating from Hosei University's Faculty of Design Engineering (Shin Azumi Laboratory) in 2021, she joined Dentsu Inc. As a solution planner, she was engaged in media planning and strategic planning, developing solutions that create new value from an integrated perspective. In parallel with her main job, she continues the project "NAMAIKI" which she launched while still a university student."
She has been collecting and exploring "iki" from various perspectives and exploring the possibilities of "kumiko," a traditional craft that is home to "iki.
While learning the techniques from Mr. Kadowaki, a craftsman of kumiko, she made 3D models of the parts. Combining traditional craftsmanship and technology, she designed new possibilities. In 2022, she became freelance and started her own business. Currently, while running her own business, she works with business companies to develop new businesses, brands, products, and communication design, from strategic planning to design, all centered on product design.
At DESIGNART TOKYO 2022, she will exhibit innovative works that push the envelope of the traditional craft of "Kumiko" created in collaboration with Mr. Kadowaki, a Kumiko craftsman.
Shimazaki, a former ryotei (Japanese-style restaurant) in Akasaka, was born in the chaotic period immediately after the war, and gave vivid colors to the bustling Tokyo during the reconstruction period. Sixty years later, Kaisu has been reborn as a new accommodation, café, and bar, marking a new chapter in Tokyo's history as one of the world's great cities.