Emi Ozawa

"Through forms and colors, I like to make objects and furniture that suggest playfulness and evoke curiosity."

Play has always been central to Ozawa's work. Valuing a piece on its ability to bewilder rather than function, Ozawa crafts each object as a toyful puzzle that has the power to please by revealing a simple mystery.

By combining geometric forms, bright colors, and movement with the formal elements of furniture, Emi Ozawa invites viewers to enjoy her work though hands-on participation—opening doors or drawers, turning latches, folding panels. As with children playing with their toys, simple, interactive pleasure is the key.

Ozawa studied graphic design at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. She came to USA in 1986 to attend The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she started learning woodworking. She received her MFA in furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the USA. She currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.