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Yakitate, or "freshly-baked" in Japanese, is an accurate description of the piping hot talent curated by the online design magazine designboom for this year's Dwell on Design. Eight Japanese designers have been hand-selected by designboom for their unique blend of innovation and tradition, as well as their aesthetic connections to the modern design of California. The designers themselves will even be on-site and in-person, showcasing their craft in live demos. Visit the Yakitate schedule as part of the Exhibition at Dwell on Design, which you can see with an Exhibition Plus ticket. Register at dwellondesign.com. Check out fresh work from all eight designers here—still warm from the oven.

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  Takeshi MiyakawaTakeshi Miyakawa DesignThe Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-dwelling furniture and installation designer began his career as a construction supervisor and worked as a model-builder for Rafael Viñoly, hence the keen attention to craftsmanship and structural integrity in his work. His Red Eclipse Help Japan coffee table helped to raise money for the victims of the earthquake.

    Takeshi Miyakawa

    Takeshi Miyakawa Design

    The Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-dwelling furniture and installation designer began his career as a construction supervisor and worked as a model-builder for Rafael Viñoly, hence the keen attention to craftsmanship and structural integrity in his work. His Red Eclipse Help Japan coffee table helped to raise money for the victims of the earthquake.
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  Wakako Kita
Wacco by Wakako KitaAs the daughter of Toshiyuki Kita, a legendary Japanese furniture designer, the illustrator and product designer was exposed early on to the world of locally-manufactured craft. Oriori bags are based on origami concepts, allowing them to be folded into smaller and smaller volumes until they become a thin strip of fabric which can be easily tucked away.

    Wakako Kita

    Wacco by Wakako Kita

    As the daughter of Toshiyuki Kita, a legendary Japanese furniture designer, the illustrator and product designer was exposed early on to the world of locally-manufactured craft. Oriori bags are based on origami concepts, allowing them to be folded into smaller and smaller volumes until they become a thin strip of fabric which can be easily tucked away.
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  Eisuke Tachikawa
NOSIGNER by Eisuke TachikawaThis Tokyo-based multidisciplinary designer manages a wide range of work which includes everything from graphic art to interior design with a focus on sustainability and technology. The HK Gravity Pearl is a set of artificial pearls which are magnetized, allowing them to "string" together into a bracelet, necklace or earrings.

    Eisuke Tachikawa

    NOSIGNER by Eisuke Tachikawa

    This Tokyo-based multidisciplinary designer manages a wide range of work which includes everything from graphic art to interior design with a focus on sustainability and technology. The HK Gravity Pearl is a set of artificial pearls which are magnetized, allowing them to "string" together into a bracelet, necklace or earrings.
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  Yuji Kawauchi and Yuri Hamaguchi
Atelier SangoA unique collaboration between an animation designer and a photographer is part animé, part claymation. Atelier Sango produces fine-art sculptures as well as animations for advertising campaigns, creating series like their Legend of Japan, which reimagines characters from traditional Japanese stories.

    Yuji Kawauchi and Yuri Hamaguchi

    Atelier SangoA unique collaboration between an animation designer and a photographer is part animé, part claymation. Atelier Sango produces fine-art sculptures as well as animations for advertising campaigns, creating series like their Legend of Japan, which reimagines characters from traditional Japanese stories.
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  Kazuhiro Yamanaka
Kazuhiro Yamanaka OfficeThe elegant work of this London-based furniture and lighting designer can be found in chairs and lamps everywhere from MoMA to Colette. The gorgeous new Cielo lamp (right) takes inspiration from the colors of the sky with a lenticular shade that creates an ever-changing visual experience.

    Kazuhiro Yamanaka

    Kazuhiro Yamanaka Office

    The elegant work of this London-based furniture and lighting designer can be found in chairs and lamps everywhere from MoMA to Colette. The gorgeous new Cielo lamp (right) takes inspiration from the colors of the sky with a lenticular shade that creates an ever-changing visual experience.
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  Kouichi Okamoto
Kyouei Design by Kouichi OkamotoWith a career that started as a DJ and sound producer, this designer has successfully integrated the concepts of light and sound into his products and installations, which often integrate his own musical talents. The Honeycomb Lamp installation featured dozens of paper lamps lit from within.

    Kouichi Okamoto

    Kyouei Design by Kouichi Okamoto

    With a career that started as a DJ and sound producer, this designer has successfully integrated the concepts of light and sound into his products and installations, which often integrate his own musical talents. The Honeycomb Lamp installation featured dozens of paper lamps lit from within.
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  Junko and Yasumasa Shiba
 ShibayaThis Shizuoka-based husband-and wife design team work exclusively with stone, a traditional craft that was inherited by Yasumasa when he worked at his family business. The Stone Candle Holder and Small Stone Plate is made with a composite of marble and stone which is hand-sculpted and shaped.

    Junko and Yasumasa Shiba

    Shibaya

    This Shizuoka-based husband-and wife design team work exclusively with stone, a traditional craft that was inherited by Yasumasa when he worked at his family business. The Stone Candle Holder and Small Stone Plate is made with a composite of marble and stone which is hand-sculpted and shaped.
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  David Guarino
A Zillion IdeasA multimedia agency founded by this French-born photographer launched the product line "everythingisaremix" that examines mashup and remix culture. These hats and skateboards are covered with vintage Japanese kimono fabrics, successfully blending two important design icons from two different eras.

    David Guarino

    A Zillion Ideas

    A multimedia agency founded by this French-born photographer launched the product line "everythingisaremix" that examines mashup and remix culture. These hats and skateboards are covered with vintage Japanese kimono fabrics, successfully blending two important design icons from two different eras.
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  David Guarino
A Magazine LibraryA second installation by Guarino was launched in Tokyo in March 2009 and has since traveled around the world. Over 1000 international magazines, zines and art brochures—most of which are Japanese, and many of which are rarely seen in North America—will be collected in a pop-up library and reading room at Dwell on Design.Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

    David Guarino

    A Magazine Library

    A second installation by Guarino was launched in Tokyo in March 2009 and has since traveled around the world. Over 1000 international magazines, zines and art brochures—most of which are Japanese, and many of which are rarely seen in North America—will be collected in a pop-up library and reading room at Dwell on Design.

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