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Akiko Aoki
青木明子
Fashion, November 9th 2017
is a Japanese fashion designer whose eponymous brand, AKIKOAOKI, launched in 2014. The Tokyo-based creative, part of a new wave of designers with a European influence, describes how her frustration towards the way we perceive fashion has shaped her A/W 2017 collection. Read Interview →
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Kim Boutin & David Broner
DVTK
Graphics, August 15th 2017
is a design studio based in London, founded by Kim Boutin and David Broner. Specialised in designing immersive online experiences, in this interview, DVTK reveal their origins in Paris, explain the convictions which drive their creative practice and share their goal to become a multidisciplinary studio, with output that goes beyond the internet. Read Interview →
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Tezzo Suzuki
鈴木哲生
Graphics, April 10th 2017
is a Japanese graphic designer based in Tokyo. Specialising in lettering, typography and type design, Tezzo is a versatile designer with a strong interest in architecture and fashion. In this interview, Tezzo discusses his varied education and explores the importance of going beyond the scope of pure graphic design in his work, explaining why he mixes cultural and sociological issues into his design practice. Read Interview →
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Charlene Man
Art, February 13th 2017
is an illustrator from Hong Kong, based between London and her home town. While during her early career Charlene worked mainly on commissions for brands and designers, she has recently undergone a transition in her artistic life, now focusing on more personal output. In this interview, Charlene unveils the messages behind the artwork featured in her most recent exhibition, DOWN TIME, also exploring how her family and previous jobs have influenced her practice. Read Interview →
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Jun Yokoyama
横山純
Photo, January 16th 2017
is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo whose camera hobby, which he began during his stay in London in May 2015 as an exchange student, has now become his livelihood. In this interview, Jun talks us through his sudden yet deep immersion into the grime scene in London, also sharing some lesser known themes that he covers in his photographs and exploring the overarching message behind his work. Read Interview →
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Felix Treadwell
Art, December 10th 2016
is a British artist from London who expresses his ideas through painting. A new student at the Royal College of Art, Felix joined us to discuss the deeper meaning behind his seemingly light-hearted artwork, explaining why painting is the medium he feels most comfortable with and exploring how his student exchange in Kyoto has empowered his artistic practice. Read Interview →
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Lucas Le Bihan
Graphics, November 15th 2016
is a French graphic designer based in Paris who specialises in experimental type design. Soon to launch his design studio, Dreams Office, with a former classmate, Lucas reveals to us how his scientific background has influenced his design ideology and process, and explains his newfound fascination with Japanese culture. Read Interview →
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Charlotte Mei
Art, October 1st 2016
is a British artist based in London who combines her modern and emotive illustration style with different media. In this interview, she explores the unique nature of her engagement with both Western and Asian culture as a mixed-race artist, and discusses her increasingly powerful sense of responsibility to produce a more socially engaged body of work. Read Interview →
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Calum Bowen
bo en
Music, July 30th 2016
is a British musician based in London. When producing the eccentric, fun, complex yet accessible tracks he is best known for, he goes by bo en, though he also composes video game music under his birth name. With a career that has taken him from his bedroom to Tokyo, he talks us through his work, his strong ties with Japan and his musical ideology. Read Interview →
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Kazami Suzuki
鈴木風美
Graphics, July 29th 2016
is a Japanese illustrator who mainly works in collaboration with musicians. In this interview, Kazami, whose designs most often feature kawaii-looking characters, exclusively reveals the beliefs she holds behind her artistic practice, born out of a personal experience and which continue to evolve today. Read Interview →
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