Tomoko Miho

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Tomoko Miho (née Kawakami, September 2, 1931, Los Angeles USA - February 10, 2012) was a Japanese-American designer and recipient of the 1993 Aiga Medal.[1] She is known for her solid understanding between space and object. Kawakami was born in Los Angeles in 1931 and spent her early days in the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona.[2][3]

She attended the Minneapolis School of Art and the Art Center School in Los Angeles where she earned a degree in industrial design.[4] She and her husband and fellow designer, James Miho, went traveling through Europe, where she met Giovanni Pintori (director of Olivetti), Hans Erni, Herbert Leupin, and visited the renowned Ulm School of Design. Back she worked at George Nelson Associates, Inc. under Creative Director Irving Harper and became his successor. She worked for Herman Miller furniture and the Center for Advanced Research in Design (for Container Corporation of America and Atlantic Richfiled Company). In 1980s she founded her own studio "Tomoko Miho & Co". Other clients where MoMa, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Isamu Noguchi Foundation, Goulandris Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Willem de Kooning Foundation, Kodansha International, and Aveda. [5]

Miho is noted for her contribution in the form of architectural posters in New York and Chicago. Today, they are still in the Museum of Modern Art,[6] at Library of Congress,[7] Cooper Hewitt,[8] and where published in different design magazines like Novum Gebrauchsgraphik. Her work is strongly influenced by Swiss international typographic style. Her architecturally infused works where honoured with numerous prizes and have been featured in international exhibitions. [5][9]


  1. ^ Vienne, Veronique. "Tomoko Miho". Aiga. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "National Archives: Tomoko Kawakami". Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Tomoko Miho Obituary". New York Times. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tomoko Miho". Cooper Hewitt Collection. Retrieved 2015-03-06. 
  5. ^ a b Breuer, Gerda, Meer, Julia (ed): Women in Graphic Design, p. 515, Jovis, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-86859-153-8 Biography Tomoko Miho.
  6. ^ "Tomoko Miho". The Collection. Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tomoko Miho". The Collection. Library of Congress. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Tomoko Miho". The Collection. Cooper Hewitt. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tomoko Miho". New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 

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