Atsuki Kikuchi (1974) is a graphic designer. He studied in the Department of Sculpture at Musashino Art University but did not complete his degree. He set up Neo Standard Graphics in 1995 while he was still a student and started pursuing a career as a graphic designer. Five years later he set up the Bluemark design studio, which specialises in graphic, web and product design. He engages in a very wide range of activities, which include publishing books and CDs and managing a restaurant. In 2011 he dissolved Bluemark and set up Atsuki Kikuchi Ltd.
He currently does the visual identity design for various museums (including the Aomori Museum of Art) and fashion brands (such as Sally Scott and minä perhonen), and also serves as art director of magazines (such as Shunʼga marugoto) and books. His own book publishing business, Book Peak, creates and publishes art books.
He develops graphic and typography design in various media, ranging from print and web media to installations, with offset and screen printing being his primary techniques. Space and emptiness are his main sources of inspiration. The many awards he has received for his work include the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) New Designer Award in 2006, the Tokyo Art Directors Club Award in 2007 and 2010, the New York Type Directors Club Award in 2007, the Kodansha Culture Prize Book Design Award in 2013 and the JAGDA Award in 2012 and 2014.
Spatial MiffyThe title of his statue is Spatial Miffy. ‘I painted two extremely simple two-dimensional shapes – a circle and a square – which I adjusted to Miffy’s proportions. The reversal of 2D and 3D is the main theme of the statue.’