Over the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting two lovely designers visiting NY, from Japan. I had known of their work for a while so it was nice to finally put a face to their designs.
Naho Ogawa graduated from New York’s Parsons School of Design in 1998, and is currently based in Tokyo. One of my favorite pieces that she’s done recently is this Fall/Winter 2010 look-book for French clothing brand agnes b. that appeared in Madame Figaro.
There is something incredibly nostalgic about Naho’s simple yet delicate lines that make you want to immediately pack up your bags and travel. I could totally see her doing a series of hand drawn maps.
Yuri Nakatani runs a small art direction and graphic design studio in Meguro called In The Kitchen. Also a graduate of Parsons, Yuri spent a number of years in Connecticut and New York, and is completely bilingual. Her talents were exemplified last year when she produced the adidas 60 years of Originality House Party event in Shanghai, in collaboration with several designers including my good friend Kaori Sohma.