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tona BY RIKA KAWATO

tona BY RIKA KAWATO

"tona" is a Tokyo based design studio, established by textile & interior designer Rika Kawato. The keywords of tona’s design are: color, material, finish, and the sense of nature. Color, material and finish have a great impact on how people perceive spaces and products. By carefully analyzing the right tone of color, the right material for the purpose, and the right finish, spaces or products will have strong appeal. The studio`s works are characterized by a fascination with the ordinary things in everyday life such as wind and light. This adds a sense of nature to its design. Recent works include textile, interior, furniture, product, and graphic design.

Designer Rika Kawato

 

"Rika Kawato was born in Germany in 1981 to a Japanese father and a Danish mother. She was raised and educated in the Soviet Union, Sweden, Japan and USA. After she graduated from the Textile Department of Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, she moved to Japan and started working at SUMINOE Textile Co., Ltd.

After working as a textile designer for automobiles, she started working independently and established her own design studio, "tona" in 2011. Influence from her diverse background has been a fundamental element in Rika’s works as a designer. Her design can be Asian, European or even both at the same time.

She is now based in Tokyo but also works with international clients.

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