CANADA - Yusuke Akai and wife Naomi both grew up in Tokyo, Japan. They now live in Toronto, Canada where they founded Akai Ceramic Studio in 2012. Yusuke threw a tea bowl on the wheel for the first time when he was 13 and never stopped since. Naomi, a trained architect, brings invaluable ideas to the designs. Together, they excel in simple, timeless, beautiful (yet fun!) and easy-to-use forms. They "believe in the beauty of functional design, and hope that their tableware will add colour to your life".