by Akiko Kuwahata

A combined tray and coffee table designed to fit into a narrow space.

In a category in between a tray and a table, this coffee table is designed to fit into the narrow space between the sofa and the wall. The tabletop doubles as a tray and is kept in place by a handle that pushes through a hole in the tray. The table is made of moulded 1.5 mm veneer. Layers of natural walnut and oak veneer are interspersed with dyed birch veneer, creating a beautifully varied expression that was inspired by the careful craftsmanship and detailing of old city trams. Just as the trams traverse the city, slotted onto two narrow rails, the Tram table slots into a narrow space, carrying coffee and snacks.

Akiko Kuwahata created the Tram table in close cooperation with the Danish cabinetmaker Ken Winther, who works at PP Møbler.

oak, walnut, dyed birch veneer

26 x 80 x 53 cm

Akiko Kuwahata
designer and cabinetmaker, b. 1976
Akiko Kuwahata is a trained cabinetmaker and has chosen wood as her primary material. She draws inspiration from traditional Japanese craft methods and Scandinavian design and works in an up-close, hands-on approach to arrive at the perfect form for the task at hand. Apart from functional considerations, her work is also driven by a clear focus on sensuous qualities and the ambition of creating something that appeals as much to our sense of touch as it does to the eye.

2009 to date: Independent design and production firm ‘AKIKO’
2009: Traineeship with designer Cecilie Manz
1999-2003: Worked as a cabinetmaker at Hinoki Kogei Co. Ltd., Japan
2005: Traineeship at RKDO (Raunkjær Kærgård Design Office)
2004: Studied furniture and interior design at Aarhus School of Architecture
1999: Studied living space design at College of Art Nihon University, Japan

Selected collaborations
2014 to date: Collaboration with Galeri Maria Wettergren, Paris
2013: Christmas collection for Designmuseum Danmark with Lena Nicolajsen
2013: Won statuette competition for Odense International Film Festival

Selected grants and honours
2011: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968
2011: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond

Selected exhibitions
2014: PAD in Paris and London by Maria Wettergren
2010-2011: ‘My Precious’, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
2011-13: Danish Crafts Collection



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