Hi! I grew up in Chigasaki, Japan, a relaxed fishing and surfing beach town 30 miles south of Tokyo. Using my own hands to make things was always a part of my life growing up. My mother cooked, sewed and crocheted. During my last trip to Japan I found out she was also a flower arrangement instructor.  My father is a civil engineer who worked for the Japan Railway. As a child I made my own dresses and book shelves for my room. I even made wooden rails for a sliding door to my nook by hand. I also played piano and violin. It was a natural concept within my family that if you need something you would make it with your own hands.

Two weeks after graduating from a high school I moved to the U.S. and studied Interior Design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I worked as an interior designer and a architectural surveyor for a few years before I changed my focus to furniture design in 2007. I spent my spare time trying different disciplines like cabinet making, painting, metal work and glass blowing for fun. The next was clay. About four years ago I decided to rent a space in a collective ceramic studio in Brooklyn and this is when I became obsessed with the material. For the first two years while working full time I spent most of my own time in this studio.

In 2016 in need of a bigger space I opened my own studio, hand-built with some help from my friends, in an industrial area in East Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I named the studio Forest and this is where I work today.

Currently I am taking a sabbatical year from my furniture design job to dedicate all of my time to make things on my own.  In the 365 Days To Make Anything project I keep a log of this adventure that I hope you will follow along.

At Forest I have began to host a Salon Night, where several people from various fields get together and present their passion project to the group once a month. I was interviewed for a magazine article at the end of last year - I had trouble articulating my thoughts and found it interesting how conversations can bring new ideas and perspectives. Salon Night At Forest was born from this experience and it has been a wonderful social gathering.

 

 

I host public showing and shopping events at Forest a few times a year. Items are also sold through my online shop in this website.  Selected items are available at these locations: 

NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY

Anthropologie
195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Calvin Klein Collection Flagship Store
654 Madison Ave, at 60th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 292-9000

CEMA
W Hoboken Hotel "Curated Collections"
225 River St Hoboken, NJ 07030

Donghia New York
D&D Building, 7th Floor
979 3rd Ave, Suite 700, New York, NY
(212) 935-3713
NewYorkShowroom@donghia.com

Joinery
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
263 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 889-6164

Steven Alan Home
373 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
(646) 402-9661

 

FLORIDA

Donghia Dania
1855 Griffin Road, Space C250, Dania, FL
(954) 920-7077
flsrmanager@donghia.com

 

TEXAS

Kettle & Brine
908-C West 12th Street
Austin, Texas
www.kettleandbrine.com

 

OREGON

Seven Sisters
811 E. Burnside St
Portland, Oregon
www.sevensisterspdx.com

 

CALIFORNIA

Vuela Boutique
www.vuelaboutique.com