Jonah Takagi: New American Designer
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Jonah Takagi New American Designer at Civilian Art Projects

An exhibition of furniture by American designer Jonah Takagi will be on show at Civilian Art Projects gallery in Washington  next month.

Top: Leafy Green Stool. Inspired by milking stools the world over, standing tall in maple socks. Maple, Milk Paint
Above: American Gothic Table. Tinker Toys, Windsor chairs and wayward Puritans. Maple, Medex, Black Lacquer

Entitled Jonah Takagi: New American Designer, the show has been organised by Apartment Zero and includes stools, tables and lighting by the Tokyo-born designer.

Jonah Takagi: New American Designer <br/>at Civilian Art Projects

Above: Bluff City Lights. As close as I've been to Memphis. Enameled steel cage, copper socket and enameled aluminum diffusor.

The show will be open 10 December 2010 to 8 January 2011.

Jonah Takagi: New American Designer <br/>at Civilian Art Projects

Above: Porcelain Pendant. Porcelain, Cloth Wire, Electrics

The information that follows is from Apartment Zero:


Celebrating 11 years of introducing the best of industrial design innovation by collaborating with area embassies, museums, universities and product designers, Apartment Zero is proud to partner with Civilian Art Projects to present the work of Jonah Takagi, a new American designer whose work has been awarded, exhibited and featured worldwide.

Above: F/K/A Table Lamp. Bases and shades and cords. Aluminum, Steel, Enamel

Jonah Takagi: New American Designer

Born in Tokyo and raised in Connecticut, Jonah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. After graduating, Jonah lived in Portland, Oregon and worked for a cabinet maker before relocating to Washington, DC. In Washington, he designed and built sets and props for theater, film and television while helping to develop "Pancake Mountain", a kid's music television show. For the next few years, Jonah designed furniture that he built in a friend’s studio while playing bass guitar, touring and recording with several indie rock bands. Needing to develop and showcase a growing body of work that few had seen, Jonah founded Atelier Takagi in 2005.

Atelier Takagi represents the functional and aesthetic ideals of artist and designer Jonah Takagi. Conceived as an outlet for an overactive imagination, AtelierTakagi is a multi-disciplinary design studio and workshop producing objects that require closer examination, that inspire and inform and re-contextualize our surroundings.

Jonah Takagi New American Designer at Civilian Art Projects

Above: Stepping Stool. For my mother. Red Oak

Apartment Zero

Over the past 11 years, Apartment Zero has presented the Washington DC market with the very best in emerging and established industrial design talents, as well as produced design symposiums, travelling exhibits and embassy and museum collaborations . They have partnered with the Smithsonian Associates, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, Hillwood Museum, The National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Hirshhorn Museum as well as the Embassies of the Netherlands, Spain, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Australia. Apartment Zero has joined forces with the AIA and the IDSA and well as Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Cooper-Hewitt. Some of the designers presented have been Marcel Wanders, Karim Rashid, James Dyson, Martin Azua and Constantin and Laurene Boym, to name a few. Apartment Zero has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle Decor, Surface, Wallpaper, Dwell, Details, Metropolis, Interior Design, Food&Wine, GQ, Azure, Abitare, Home and Design, DC Modern Luxury, The Chicago Tribune, InStyle, House Beautiful, Lucky, USA Today and Washingtonian, among others.

Jonah Takagi New American Designer at Civilian Art Projects

Above: Simple Machines. Fasteners and components in harmony. A system of legs and surfaces. Clean and deliberate, detail and ornament derived from a simple machine. White Oak

Civilian Art Projects

Civilian Art Projects is a premier gallery in Washington, DC representing emerging and established artists. Civilian presents a challenging exhibition series supporting artists working in a broad range of media including painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, and other emerging forms. Civilian will be participating in Scope Miami this year.


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  • josh johnson

    we've been following Apartment Zero's public programs on design for years….glad to see they are still on the forefront of what's new in design…i hope to make the Civilian Art Projects exhibit.

  • Greenish

    That stepping stool is elegant and highly functional. I like it all, but that one particularly.