Akiko Kuwahata and Ken Winther are a couple of extraordinary designers and cabinetmakers living in Copenhagen. Akiko is of Japanese descent. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Living Space Design from Nihon University, he worked for years as a cabinetmaker in Japan, and later attended the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark. Over the years he has continued to work to refine techniques and designs for wooden objects, exploring the potential and capabilities of natural wood.
Akiko Ken Made designs are functional objects for daily use, with a clean and absolutely fluid design. In an Akiko product there are small, clever and often underestimated details. Quality is the key to the brand: Akiko products have an unparalleled level of finish and are irresistible to the touch.
Ken’s interest in woodworking arose naturally as his parents worked in the furniture manufacturing industry. He deepened his knowledge at PP Møbler, a high-quality workshop where many of Hans J Wegner’s furniture is made. Taking a perfectionist approach, he studied for long periods of training with Japanese master carpenters. Ken likes to challenge himself and the wood to make very delicate products. Akiko and Ken live in their villa north of Copenhagen, to which their cabinetmaking workshop is attached, of course.