Designer / Director
Mikiya Kobayashi, born in Tokyo, in 1981, established his own studio in 2006.
Since his beginnings, Mikiya Kobayashi's creation process was focused on the perception of its designs, looking for uniqueness in minimal shapes. Thanks to his inclination for natural resources, wood has become one of the main materials used for his projects over the years. Kobayashi has been always closely related to his cultural heritage, connecting the tradition with new concepts, manufacturing processes, and technologies. His process, always close to materials, and his challenging approach have led the studio to work within a large variety of projects, from industrial design products to furniture and interior. Running together a design studio and showroom/store, he has been able to get direct feedback from customers about the products, which helped him to keep on improving his design.
2017 IF PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD 2017 (GERMANY) / Winner
2014 GOOD DESIGN AWARD (JAPAN) / Winner
2013 ELLE DECOR YOUNG JAPANESE DESIGN TALENT 2013 / Winner
2012 Tokyo ADC Award / Winner
2011 Selected SPOTLIGHT 2011 DESIGNER by DESIGNNET
2010 IF PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD 2010 (GERMANY) / Gold Award Winner
2010 Red dot design award 2010 (GERMANY) / Winner
2008 International Furniture Design Competition Asahikawa (JAPAN) / Finalist
2008 Toyama Product Design Competition (JAPAN) / Grand Prix Winner
2008 100% DESIGN TOKYO (JAPAN) / 100% AWARD Winner
2007 Salone Satellite 2007 (ITALY) / DESIGN REPORT AWARD 2007 Finalist