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Aki Motoyama

Master in Product Design
Year of Graduation: 2010
Current role: Furniture Designer


Aki Motoyama, known for incorporating her artistic and intercultural perspectives to her design, was born in 1986 and spent her life both in Japan and the United States.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 2008, where she was honored with the Barbara & Dorothy Heers Freshman Award. During and after her studies in Michigan, Motoyama studied furniture design and fabrication in Copenhagen and Boston.

In 2010 she attended the Domus Academy with a scholarship for her Master’s in Product Design. Recently, one of her works was the semi-finalist of the Furniture Design Award offered by Singapore Furniture Industries Council. “CLOUD” from Brix is her first design to be produced.


“Domus Academy is a melting pot. You meet with people from different ages, culture and background. You share the experience and merge ideas into form. What I have seen, who I have met, what I have felt, what I have absorbed. My life there was beyond studying design in Italy.”

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