Kei Tominaga

Kei Tominaga is London Based artist, originally from Tokyo. She studied metal sculpture and smithing at the Tokyo University for Art and Music . After completing her masters she started to experiment with product design in order to bring her work to a wider audience. In addition to designing several solo contemporary product collections, Tominaga has previously collaborated with several global architects and designers. Her latest work of jewellery, silverware and metalworks are a departure from her product design background, she brings the lightness, and also textures, of paper to her unique designs in precious metals.
"I like to work with sheet metals, especially soft metals such as silver, gold, copper and iron. They are much better and more flexible than we generally think they are, so I work with metal exactly as I work with other everyday materials such as paper or fabric,” says Tominaga.
"I cut, bend, fold, curve and stick them together, narrowing down the techniques in the process so the result is as simple as possible. I think it gives the object a strength that is simple and pure. I like sharp, straight edges just like folded paper. Completely flat faces or tightly curved edges give my work strength and tension.”

Kei Tominaga

冨永 桂

人が関わることで完成する実験的な家具、家具を使った生活空間のインスタレーション、他のデザイナー、建築家、また企業とのコラボレーションなど、多岐にわたって活躍。2000年にはFRAME AWARD (Frame Magagine)でインスタレーションアワードを受賞。


Product and Exhibitions

2018Made London / Marylebone
 Design Junction / South Bank
 "TUKURU" Exhibition at Sway Gallery
2017Design Junction / kings Cross
 Clerkenwell Design week / st john’s square Design Junction / Kings Cross
2016Handmade in Britin / Chelsea
 Shapes on fabric at Design Junction / Kings Cross
2015Exhibition in the gallery / Craft Central
2012set-up the studio space in central London
2004Moved to London, UK
Frankfurt LED Extra show - Frankfurt
AKARI TEN - Big Sight - Tokyo
 Koo Exhibition - Tokyo EDGY BOX
2003“Basic and Beyond" with Maxray + INAX technical Laboratory - Tokyo
2002Exhibition - Saatchi and Saatchi gallery space in Tokyo office
 “Design 21” started in New York and in other main cities in the world e.g. London, Paris, Milan etc.
 “HAT” House as furniture project - Designers Block Tokyo
 "3-Designers” - Rapnet Gallery Tokyo …WHITE OUT clock
 “ ISU TEN” T.D.W official event …HIMO STOOL
2000 “Happening 2000 ” - Saatchi and Saatchi gallery space in Tokyo office ….HE IS IN THE ROOM installations
 Designers Block Tokyo with Ima -E&Y gallery
1999“Happening 1999 ” -Vision Network Tokyo - with Miyoshi Takayuki ….TABLE UNBALANCED and STACKING CHAIR
1998Solo Exhibition / Gallery Le Deco WARP PILLOW
1992Completed Master Degree at Tokyo University of Art and Music