Reiko Sudo

Reiko Sudo

Textile Designer


Born in Ishioka, Ibaraki. After a brief stint as Research Assistant in Textiles at the Department Industrial, Interior and Craft Design, Musashino Art University, helped establish Nuno Corporation in 1984. Honorary MA, University for the Creative Arts, UK. Honorary Professor, Tokyo Zokei University. Since 2008, advisor for Fabric Planning and Development, Ryohin Keikaku (Muji) — currently on the Muji Advisory Board; also consultant to Tsuruoka Fabric Industry Cooperative. Since 2009, textile design consultant to As Corporation. Recipient Mainichi Design Award, Roscoe Award and Japan Interior Designers Association (JID) Award. Drawing upon traditional Japanese weaving and dyeing while embracing the latest contemporary technologies, her unique new textile expressions have garnered acclaim both in Japan and abroad, and been selected for the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Crafts Museum,Tokyo and other leading institutions. Major projects include works for the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Tokyo American Club and Oita Prefectural Art Museum.

Thoughts on Design

“Challenging consumer culture”
The textiles I design are intimate materials. Whether worn every day as clothes or used in daily life items, they are always very close to us. No matter when, where or what the environment, they form an essential part of our living experience.
In the hundred-some years since the first experiments with polymers, humans have expended much time and energy toward developing high-perfomance, ultra-functional materials. Paralleled by a maturing consumer society, mass production of disposible products has become the norm. In these times, rather than making mere fabrics to be consumed, I want to create textiles that stimulate and inspire people.

Representative work

  • 1993 | Feather Organdy

  • 1994 | Rust Dyeing

  • 2000 | Amate

  • 2002 | Basketwork

  • 2003 | Tiggy

  • 2004 | Cloth piecing

  • 2004 | Tanabata

  • 2006 | Kinugasadake

  • 2006 | Baby Hair

  • 2008 | Swinging, □

  • 2010 | Origami Weaving

Interview (Japanese)

From the exhibition “Secret Source of Inspiration: Designers’ Hidden Sketches and Mockups