Ayako Takase

 

Ayako Takase
Co-founder, Observatory

Ayako Takase is a co-founder and design director of Observatory, an award winning multi-disciplinary design studio based in Providence, Rhode Island, founded in 2001 with partner Cutter Hutton. Observatory helps organizations and individuals design and develop exceptional objects and experiences while focusing on creatively answering the problems and needs of people. Firm’s projects range widely from furniture, tabletop, consumer goods, UI/UX, to stretagy design for clients such as Herman Miller, Procter & Gamble, Keilhaur, and Bauer.

As an assistant professor in the department of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design, Ayako teaches hands-on making studios with focuses on human centric design, emotive design and iterative design in both graduate and undergraduate levels.