Logic, geometry, space are the characteristic features of Maiko Takeda.

Maiko Takeda grew up in Tokyo where she quickly was faced with the challenge of wanting to create products of individual and timeless quality in a country slowly coming to a grinding halt.

After having moved to London she studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her work experience includes Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon. Takeda’s ethereal collection of headpieces, visors and body armour entitled “Atmospheric Reentry” was fantastic.

Well, here’s one way to look sharp! On the final leg of her “Biophilia” tour, Björk performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles — wearing none other than a spherical, spiky headpiece from Japanese designer Maiko Takeda. Björk is the link between the pop artist and the avant-garde artist. She is born and grew up in Reykjavik. She is a key figure in the alternative music scene. The pop landscape, not to mention the fashion scene, is always a duller place without Björk.

Björk’s striking appearance is as singular as her sound. While her East-Asian features and face-framing jet-black hair led to taunts of “China Girl” as a child, her atypical looks are now part of her impish appeal as is her eccentric taste in clothes. She’s famous for collaborating with fashion rule-breakers like Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott.

Her surreal sound of voice mixed with her outrageous sense of style sent us way over the edge. Designed by Japanese artist, Maiko Takeda, the piece she wore is part of the collection called, Atmospheric Reentry.  Simply AH-mazing.

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We featured Maiko Takeda in our Creative Guide for Curious People, because we believe in her talent and we wanted to know more about her life between Japan and London, her inspiration and dreams.

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Here’s the complete interview with this talented artist you cannot absolutely miss:

You were born in…

Tokyo, Japan 

… And you now live in… 

I currently live in London, UK. It’s my 9th year living in London!

What do you like the most about living there? 

I find it very easy to live in London – it is such an international city that people have come to from all over the world, and I feel comfortable enough here that I can be true to myself.

How do you create your works?

I usually start a project or collection asking myself simple questions like “what would it be like to wear a cloud on your head?”.

Then I experiment with various materials to find a way to visualise it somehow. Once I find the method or technique, the rest of the process is developing the designs from that, while refining the idea to a few essential elements.  

Where does the inspiration come from?

Often my inspiration comes from elements existing in our natural environments, such as shadows, lights, smoke, sound, gravity etc.

For the “Atmospheric Reentry” collection I also took major inspiration from the Philip Glass/ Robert WIlson opera “Einstein on the Beach” which I saw during its revival tour in 2012.

I would also like to know something more about your collaboration with Bjork…

I always dreamt of collaborating with Bjork as she is one of the most amazing and inspiring women to design headpieces or accessories for, and I was so excited that it came true so quickly!

It was one of the happiest moments of my life so far. The piece looked great and suited the theme of her current tour so well too. I hope to be able to continue working with her in the future.

Where do you usually exhibit?

I am excited to show my collection at London Fashion Week in September 2013.

Also my upcoming exhibitions include FACELESS2 at Museums Quartier in Vienna, and A Queen Within at World Chess Hall of Fame in the US.

What does your art consist of?

Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for whom they are adorned. The form of the work itself can never be its sole feature, as there is always an extra element that seeks to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work.

What do you want to communicate?

I would like to create ethereal adornments for the body.

When and how everything has started?

Starting from the simple question of what it would feel like to wear a cloud, I created a series of sculptural head/body pieces that blur the boundaries of surrounding space for the wearer and seek to transcend the traditional expectations of headwear. The aesthetic of the collection is inspired by the futuristic mood of sound and imagery taken from Robert Wilson’s 1976 production of Philip Glass’ opera “Einstein on the Beach”, which I saw during its reproduction in London during March 2012.

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By: Teresa Vitartali