NYButterfly will be back mid-January…
Who are you Akiko?
I was born in Fukuoka, Japan. I went to Tokyo Zokei University for oil painting and printmaking and moved to the US to study Art in 1996. Three months after I arrived in NYC, I was offered a great position at AMANO’s (revered Japanese artist) Studio in Soho. 2 years ago I started ATSUYO ET AKIKO, interior décor, accessories and children’s clothing company with my partner Atsuyo. Since then, we have built domestic and international business, and recently opened our direct online shop.
When did you decide to design line for kids? What is the concept?
My interest in starting a children’s line began after making clothes for my daughter. I imagined a style that could be worn by both a mom and her child, while still having a more artistic design and conceptual character. All of a sudden friends began asking for things that I made for my daughter and myself and eventually Atsuyo et Akiko was conceived with my friend Atsuyo, who was already in fashion. I brought my fine art background and combined it with her understanding of the fashion industry.
Who would you love to see wear your designs?
It’s most important if friends and family like the things I make (many of whom tend to be designers themselves). It makes me proud that they like what we’ve created. Of course if that extends to the general public, we like that as well.
You design clothes, Jewelry, accessories, do you have any preferences? Do you think it’s important these days to do a bit of everything to be more competitive?
I tend to design the things that my partner and I would like to give to our children or friends, and things that we imagine to be beautiful or fun to make. The business is based on our desires as consumers and our challenges as artists and designers. Competition isn’t something we really take into consideration, especially since many of our peers in the field tend not only to be our friends but also our inspiration, and sometimes even collaborators.
My favorite is probably jewelry design, and it’s one of the primary reasons we started the business. Lately, I’ve been leaning more into the design and creation of more permanent jewelry, like gold and gemstones, designing these mother-daughter ideas to be more timeless, and passed down over generations.
If you had to create a line for a famous designer, who would it be?
Martin Margiela. It has an artistic aspect that I like.
What does a city like NY brings to you?
New York brings the world. I feel no limits on myself or my work, because the art, the inspiration, and incredible mix of culture make this my home.
What is your favorite place in the city ?
Early morning at the Metropolitan Museum…..especially the morning light in the Greek/Roman section.
What’s next? Any project?
After opening the online shop, I think our next big project would be to open our own store in New York City -someday soon.
Gabriel Orozco, born in 1962, is one of the most influential artists of this decade, and probably of the next one. He attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico and the the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
Orozco’s diverse and playful practice includes sculpture, photography, painting and video. He makes visible the poetry of chance connections, works with found materials or situations as a ball of clay or an abandoned kite that he alters then photographs to create surprising, often humorous scenarios from the simple, quotidian means. In his paintings, he explores the phenomenology of structures, in which the symbol of the circle acts as a bridge between geometry and organic matter, and the sequencing of color is based on the principles of movement within a game of chess.
Don’t miss his monumental sculpture, Mobile Matrix, composed of a reassembled gray-whale skeleton. After excavating the bones from the Isla Arena in Baja California Sur, Orozco and a team of approximately 20 assistants used some 6,000 mechanical pencils to draw lines on the whale that relate to its structure. AG
Gabriel Orozco at The Museum of Modern Art until March 1st, 2010 Visit the website for more info
On the weekends, the best place to enjoy New York’s clear blue and sunny sky is the B Bar. Located in Noho, this restaurant serves a classic American brunch in a huge heated garden. Just go and sit with friends or with a pile of magazines, you won’t even have to queue for a table …
A paradise when it’s freezing outside!B Bar and Grill. 40 E. 4th Street @ Bowery st. Tel: 212-475-2220 Dogs are allowed in the garden
This book will ravish anyone in love with our dear New York. The two authors, James and Karla Murray, have been photographing the city for years and take us for a tour of the generations-old stores and shop windows in all 5 boroughs…Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York $65. Gingko Press. 336 pages, 175 illustrations.
You might have already spotted their designs on some fashionable girls in the city… it’s a huge success!
ROARKE NYC. Tel: 1 202 494 57 89. Check out the collection on their website
MyBluBlockers is a new collection of classic aviators. These sunglasses are having a big come-back since the movie “The Hangover” where they were featured on the baby and bearded guy…
They are amazingly cool, super cheap and safe.MyBluBlockers $38 Check out the website to see all the colors.