As his title of Producer, Art Director and Maze Illustrator might suggest, Takanori Aiba is a multi-faceted man. Originally getting his start drawing mazes for POPEYE magazine, he later made a name for himself producing a slew of hospitality spaces; everything from the ubiquitous GUSTO to the one-of-a-kind Ramen Museum in Yokohama. He’s even the mastermind behind the gimicky Ninja Restarant in NYC.
But in recent years he’s returned to his roots, taking up his fascination with the intertwining maze and morphing it into a series of amazingly intricate sculptures. Mazes, whether you’re using a pencil to map a piece of paper, or you own 2 feet to navigate the complex systems of a corn maze, appeal to our childhood sense of mystery and adventure. Aiba’s engrossing sculptures stoke the embers of that fire, making us wish that we could get lost in his chimerical creations.