Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton - Observatory

Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton - Observatory

  • Dates 2011 -
  • Nationality American

Ayako Takase and Cutter Hutton began their design dialog when they met as students the Rhode Island School of Design. Each had a unique voice that came through in their respective design projects. Takase’s designs expressed the simple richness of her native Japan, while Hutton’s designs expressed his clever and pragmatic nature.

Their voices started harmonizing in 2001, the year they founded their studio. Their philosophy is that good design can create an emotional connection between object and individual. “There’s a lot of analytical work that goes into design,” says Hutton. “But there’s also an emotional aspect that can only be delivered though intuition and experience. The process is a blend of rational and intuitive.”

“When I’m designing, I always think about people who will be using the products.”

It’s that human interaction at the other end that appeals to me,” she continues, “not just creating for the sake of creating.” In fact, she says she finds design to be a lot like cooking. “There’s a lot of care and love that goes into it,” she explains—and, occasionally, a squabble between chefs. “We both still have unique design voices,” says Hutton, “so there are times we have to work to convince each other of something, but the end result is a more interesting harmony. The outcome is a stronger design.”

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