Born in Tokyo in 1962, Masayo Ave is one of Japan's most intriguing design luminaries. By stretching her expertise beyond innovative design works into the educational field, her design work spans various disciplines and cultural fields; range from everyday objects to architecture, from modern artisanship to mass produced products, are all the product of a perfect harmony between tradition, cutting-edge technology and inventiveness. Her illustrious design carrier began in Milan in the early 90’s where her focus on material explorations brought her critical fame in the world, receiving numerous design awards, in which include ICFF2000 editors award in New York and Architektur & Wohnen Mentor Awards 2006 in Germany.
Taking a sensorial and imaginative approach to basic design principles, Masayo Ave has been developing and conducting design workshops that focus on new sensory experiences in design for university students, young design professionals as well as children and youths in both Europe and Asia since 2001. With the founding of the experimental institute of Haptic Interface Design in University of Arts Berlin during her guest professorship in 2004-07, she began her next decade of research in the realm of sensory experience design pedagogy. She was appointed professor and head of product design department in Estonian Academy of Arts 2007-2009, a guest professor of Textile- and surface design department at Kunsthochshule Berlin Weissensee in 2012-13. Since September 2016, Masayo Ave has been a Professor of product design department at BAU international Berlin, University of Applied Sciences.
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