Rikako Nagashima

Graphic design is at the core of Rikako Nagashima’s work which takes in identity design, sign planning, book design and spatial design.

Based in Tokyo, Nagashima places sustainability at the heart of her work, and is keenly aware of the environmental impact of design. That awareness takes various forms: intentionally incorporating ink stains and scrap paper generated in the printing process as a pattern to avoid creating waste in her signage for the exhibition ‘David Lynch – From the Fringes of the Mind’; using offcut fabric from product manufacture in her design for sportswear brand Descente Blanc’s 10th anniversary exhibition; or printing ink stains on scrap paper on fabric made from recycled plastic bottles in her Scrap_CMYK curtain collection for Kvadrat Residential (formerly Kinnasand).

In recent years, she has designed calendars made from moulded pulp, reusing waste paper from her own work. At the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, she designed the Japanese pavilion, which explored the circulation of materials in architecture and their reuse.