Join IFDA NY Dec. 11 for a Pop-Up Event

Unexpected Opportunity Featuring Dynamic Duo from Japan! 


IFDA and FIT are delighted to offer this last-minute event for you to meet and experience the work and world of these two famous designers. 


Kiichiro Ogawa and Akari

Direct from Japan and Art Basel Miami Beach

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
1PM – 3PM

Katie Murphy Amphitheater
FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York City 10001

  • Watch Kiichiro demonstrate his signature painting style
  • Virtually travel through Akari’s peaceful Paper Forest 
  • Be enthralled by visions of The Last Supper- their recent installation at the DaVinci 500th year celebration in Paris
  • See Kiichiro’s Peek-a-Boo bag, just revealed at Art Basel Miami, and commissioned by FENDI… one of only five artists world-wide selected to participate
  • Hear how these two artists communicate through art, network and live their dream


Kiichiro Ogawa

Artist-Creator, Kiichiro has a long history of working in the architectural world. Today he is an avant-garde artist, focusing on painting stage costumes, clothes, bags, furniture and walls. He imagines the artistic environments of new hotel spaces and remodels old spaces like public buildings and private homes into bars, cafes, and stores – creating lifestyle-focused art, spaces, fashion, interiors, and music. This “art de vivre” concept drove him in 2013 to found and produce MACHI DÉCOR when he gathered companies, independent creators and designers from all over, and now brings in over 60,000 visitors each year to Osaka. As a teen, punk music and fashion influenced him, but having little money, he began drawing skulls and strong words with bleach on his jean jackets creating both written and visual messages, blending punk sprits and irony with his personal aesthetics.  After years of wearing suffocating corporate suits, he transformed that symbol to create his signature brand trademark showing his artistic Individuality, and today his painted garments are one of his most popular products.


The “byakari” division of Shinohara Obanoyama Design Company was established in 2015 as a lifestyle brand and produces parties and events for corporate and private clients with a focus on creating interactive time and space experiences. Akari’s first “PAPER PARTY” was produced in 2012 as a festive backdrop constructed entirely through a cardboard medium, expressing new possibilities and transforming the area into an eco-friendly environment, full of fun, excitement and peer-to-peer interaction. For corporate clients, byakari provides marketing strategies and company re-branding services. Over the years they have garnered a strong hospitality sector following as a result of the many clever decor concepts they created for cafés and restaurants. The very popular “Home Party Lesson” series provides themed-based cuisine and decor, honing in on a uniquely Japanese interpretation of the latest European trends. As President of IFDA Japan, Akari has discovered many additional marketing opportunities that has helped her company grow.

There is no charge for this event, but space is limited.

Please RSVP by Monday 5 pm. 

All attendees must RSVP and provide their photo ID  at the security desk. 

Special Thanks To

Akari and Kiichiro Ogawa

Shannon Maher
Chairperson and Assistant Professor
Home Products Development
Fashion Institute of Technology

and to IFDA NY and IFDA Japan
International Furnishings and Design Association, IFDA.COM

for making this event possible.   


The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), founded in New York City in 1947 and now with 10 chapters worldwide, provides a professional forum for communication and interaction among its high-profile members. The IFDA, a not-for-profit volunteer-run association, also promotes career advancement and educational opportunities and is structured to increase public awareness of the furnishings and design industry through specialized programming, networking and service to the community.