Designer Spotlight: Hiroko Takeda

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February 18, 2014
Originally published in Bright Interiors
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Local Natives
Weaver and textile artist Hiroko Takeda keeps a studio on the ninth floor of an old industrial building in downtown Brooklyn, where she works on various client commissions and her own one-off art projects.
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  Takeda uses two looms, a Macomber Dobby with 16 harnesses—“old but very stable and reliable”—which she inherited from Larsen Design Studio, and a computerized AVL Compu-Dobby loom, which she can program in order to test new materials and weaving techniques.
    Takeda uses two looms, a Macomber Dobby with 16 harnesses—“old but very stable and reliable”—which she inherited from Larsen Design Studio, and a computerized AVL Compu-Dobby loom, which she can program in order to test new materials and weaving techniques.
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  One of those experiments has yielded a recurring series of waffle structures.
    One of those experiments has yielded a recurring series of waffle structures.
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  For this art piece, which she says is inspired by the “quiet but powerful” Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, Takeda wanted to “capture a subtlety of colors” by using bundled silk tape for depth and texture.
    For this art piece, which she says is inspired by the “quiet but powerful” Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, Takeda wanted to “capture a subtlety of colors” by using bundled silk tape for depth and texture.
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  “I have always thought of myself as a student.”—Hiroko Takeda
    “I have always thought of myself as a student.”—Hiroko Takeda
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