Participation in award promotion | 30th Jun. 2020
Kosuke participated in the call-for-entry movie for Lexus Design Award 2021. It is comprised of messages from the past award winners around the globe which were recorded during the self quarantine time.
'Do not be a follower, but let's be a forerunner.' — Kosuke Araki
The full movie can be watched from here.
The announcement of the shortlist | 4th Sep. 2019
51 projects has been chosen from a longlist of 261 projects for the ten categories. The projects were assessed using the three Dezeen Awards criteria – how beautiful, innovative, and beneficial to people and planet they are.
Announcement of new acquisition | 2nd Aug. 2019 | London, UK
It is officially announced that three pieces from Anima collection, which are currently on display in the 'FOOD: Bigger than the Plate' exhibition, have been acquired for the V&A permanent collection.
This acquisition news is accompanied with an article by Catherine Flood, the curator of the exhibition, which has been published on the V&A web.
Award news | 10th Jul. 2019
Over 4500 projects of architecture, interiors and design were submitted from 87 different countries for this year's award.
There are only 26 projects in the Sustainable Design category and only 24 projects in the Workplace Design category. The candidates are then going to be shortlisted.
Book | Jun. 2019 | Germany
Anima and Agar Plasticity projects are featured on a book Materials in Progress - Innovations for Designers and Architects.
'In eight chapters the book bridges the gap between science and industrial research and architecture and design applications. In a handy format it offers a well-founded overview of current material innovations such as edible packaging, liquid light or smart natural materials. At the same time, the social dimension of such developments is taken into consideration.'
Magazine | No. 29 Mar-Apr-May | 2019 | France
L'OFFICIEL ART writes an interview article with the curator Paola Antonelli about The XXII Triennale di Milano 'Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival.' On the coverage, Kosuke's Anima is featured as one of example works from the exhibition.
Short interview on a magazine | Issue Four | May. 2019 | Denmark
Anima and Kosuke's thoughts behind the work are introduced in a feature titled 'Breaking with Tradition' on the forth issue of the Danish biannual magazine MAYDAY, which, 'with special attention to independent thinking and strong character, features the originals, the creatives, the heroes and the anti-heroes who shape our society with new ideas or surprising perspectives drawing on the best from our past.'
Interview | issue 45 | Oct. 2018 | Singapore
An interview article is published on the issue 45 of Davison, a Singaporean luxury magazine.
“I would say my client is nature. [...] I would like to make things celebrating the rich diversity of the universe in collaboration with them. I, therefore, always ponder ways of designing things and living within the natural cycle.”
The announcement of the longlist | 27th Jul. 2018
3689 projects of architecture, interiors and design were submitted from 91 different countries, and only 21 projects are there in the Homeware Design category. The candidates are then going to be shortlisted.
Interview | 29th Mar. 2018
As one of the past Grand Prix winners of Lexus Design Award, Kosuke was interviewed for an article "CAN DESIGN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?" which tells about the vision of Lexus and their Award.
“Design is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal to tackle the huge challenges we face on so many fronts, and we urgently need ingenious young designers to help us address them.” — Alice Rawsthorn (writer, critic and LDA judge)
"What I am hoping for as a human being is a future with less or no plastics. This is why, as a designer, I am always pondering ways of designing things and living within the natural cycle for beautiful life.” — Kosuke Araki
Featured in a book | 17th Apr. 2018 | Thames & Hudson
Agar Plasticity is featured in Radical Matter: Revolutionary Materials and Design for a Sustainable Future to be published on the 17th of April by Thames & Hudson.
"A must-have for professionals at the cutting edge of design, [this book] presents the ten 'Big Ideas' that will shape and inform the choices of materials, design methods, and manufacturing processes made by designers in the years to come."
The announcement of the National Winners | 5th Jun. 2017 | Austria
On the World Environment Day, it is announced that Agar Plasticity project has got selected as one of 178 national winners of ENERGY GLOBE Award amongst 2000 submissions from over 170 countries. Our project is chosen as the best project in Japan and will be honored with the National ENERGY GLOBE Award Japan 2017.
"The ENERGY GLOBE Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.
Goal of the Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience, for many of our environmental problems already have good, feasible solutions. Projects which conserve and protect our resources or that employ renewable energy can participate."
An Essay on 9th Dec. 2016 | UK
No.38 issue | UK
Agar Plasticity project is featured in its report, "FUTURE OF PACKAGING.
27th Oct. 2016 issue | UK
On October 27th issue of The Times of London, Agar Plasticity project is featured in its report, "FUTURE OF PACKAGING.
"'Plastic is not often consumed or treated as a precious material, but it absolutely is. If agar-derived plastic materials could be used, there will be much less pollution, since the raw material is harvested from the sea,' explains Mr Araki."
You can read the article online
#12 | UK
Packages from Agar Plasticity project are featured in its report section, "the case for repackaging," of the latest issue of the five-year old yet established magazine Disegno.
issue 267 | Germany
Agar Plasticity project is featured in the material section "Made in Japan."
JUL/AUG 2016 | Australia
Vogue Living Australia well features Lexus Design Award 2016 with various images, reporting Agar Plasticity got the Grand Prix Winner.
Vol.182 | Japan
A short piece of LDA 2016 Grand Prix project, Agar plasticity, is written on AXIS magazine.
An article on 19th Apr. 2016
An article on 24th Apr. 2016
designboom writes a piece of the annoucement of the Grand Prix winner of LDA 2016.
An article on 12th Apr. 2016
domus web reports the annoucement of the Grand Prix winner of LDA 2016.
The announcement of the Grand Prix winner | 11th Apr. 2016
The announcement of the winners | 26th Jan. 2016
An Article on 24th Sep. 2015
An Article on 13th Oct. 2014
A piece about Food Waste Ware is written on an online daily magazine.
Oct. 2013 Issue | Italia
Food Waste Ware is featured as a part of an article in Vogue Casa by Vogue Italia issued on October 2013.
An Article by MOLD
Featured in a Biannual Food Trend Book | London
bellwether : Food Trends is the first food trend book which gives an 18 month forecast of global macro and micro trends, plus emerging sectors.
Kosuke's work Food Waste Ware comprises a part of this food trend book.
There will be a launch event of the Spring / Summer 2015 issue of bellwether : Food Trends during London Design Festival 2013. Their exhibition will be open to the public 17-22 September at SCIN Gallery.
17th - 22nd September
SCIN Gallery, Morelands, 27 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HL.
An Article by Pamono
Pomano features Kosuke along with his fellow graduates and internationally successful designers in an article Master Class which analyses "the unparalleled success of the Royal College of Art's Design Products course".
"As an incubator of creative talent, London’s Royal College of Art is a powerhouse like no other. Its star-studded alumni roster includes Henry Moore, Robin Day, Peter Blake, David Hockney, Zandra Rhodes, James Dyson, and Christopher Bailey. One course alone —Design Products— has produced contemporary design luminaries Thomas Heatherwick, Paul Cocksedge, Tomoko Azumi, Peter Marigold, Max Lamb, Shay Alkalay, and Yael Mer (of Raw Edges). The RCA’s success seems almost unparalleled; so what is its secret alchemy?"
Issue on 12th Jun. 2013 | London
Kosuke's graduation work Food Waste Ware is featured on Evening Standard in Design section, along with fellows' works.
"The sweepings from a local market hardly sound like promising raw material for a designer, but Kosuke Araki has [...] (turned) discarded vegetables and bones into delicate-looking black containers. The design products graduate invented the processes involved himself and [...] do-it-yourself moulds (and a 'cookery book') to help promote an end to food waste. Araki features, along with many other former students, at the Royal College of Art’s summer graduate exhibition, Show RCA ( June 20-30)."