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Reiko Sudo is co-founder, current CEO and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo. Sudo is a superb designer, and master of bringing the best of design out of her team members, and also of discovering new textile possibilities with the mills with whom she works. Nuno is universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies, and specializes in interior design fabrics, scarves and clothing. Nuno takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies.
Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning.
She helped to launch Nuno, with Junichi Arai, in 1984, has taught at Musashino Art University and at Tokyo Zokei University, and was appointed professor there in 2007.
Nuno’s pieces are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery.