Story of the Art: Art Furniture Designer, Kano Keiko
Kano Keiko art furniture designer based in Tokyo. She has been making unique furniture and accessories by utilizing studs and swarovski used for decorating denim and leather. Her masterpiece, “Party Bag Chair”, launched her career as an independent art furniture designer. Currently, she is venturing in the US and was involved in this year’s (2014) Art Expo in New York
While Keiko was working as an interior designer, she was handling a project that would soon become her masterpiece called “Party Bag Chair”. She was undecided about what material to use for the seating face. Upon her mom’s suggestion, she tried using denim. Denim was personally significant to Keiko’s lifestyle as it was her typical get up when she takes her dog out on a walk and she loves wearing it, nonetheless. Unwittingly, that decision was a crucial step to her career as an art furniture designer.
While experimenting with denim, she also came up with other ideas on working with materials such as leather and swarovski. She applied these materials to items such as cushion bags, mirrors, iPad cases etc. These works established her identity in art furniture design.
Time with Her Dog Gives her Inspiration
Keiko’s ideas come to her while walking with her dog. The light from the sun, the movement of the trees, the flow of the clouds, the sound of the wind. All these remind her of who she is and is the source of inspiration for her works.
Aside from being a source of inspiration, Keiko’s dog, MOCO, is very important to her. She even established a brand which bears her dog’s name: “MOCOSTYLE”
MOCOSTYLE provides dog-friendly products such as a dog house with a chair system to encourage time spent with our beloved dogs.
No Playful Heart, No Exciting Work
Kano Keiko’s works are very unique which makes it fun for people to see. She works with a lot of Japanese authentic artisans to make one product. She says it takes one to two months to complete one work. However, it makes her works more valuable as a rare item.
Thank you Kano Keiko for that interview. If you are interested in the works of Kano you can view them here.
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