Gaston Marticorena

The first designer to experience the new program, GIFU AIR, is Gaston Marticorena of Gaston-NYC whose Bubble chair can be found in the hottest spots around New York city. Gaston came back with paper lamps he designed while his stay in Gifu and were manufactured by local prefecture. He introduced the pieces at Accent on Design at the Gallery 91 booth in August at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York.


July 1 2001- September 6, 2001

Miguel Calvo

Parsons School of Art and Design top student graduate, Miguel Calvo, who has worked with many prominent companies in New York, also is the designer and owner of several restaurants in the city. Miguel spent three months in Gifu as the second AIR.

November 2001 - January 2002

Liza Niles

Textile designer and consultant. Liza has a BFA in textiles with a concentration in screen printing and traditional surface design techniques. For the last ten years she has been living in New York while working in the commercial industry, teaching, and pursuing international research.

January 2002 - March 2002
Sylvia Nagy

The fourth designer to attend the program from IDNF. The Hungarian born ceramic artist and designer with her own studio in New York is known for her organic and stylish designs. During her residency, Sylvia designed a 10 piece set tableware, "River," for TALK Ltd - one of the prominent ceramic manufacturers at Tajimi City, Gifu. In February, her work received positive reactions when she exhibited her ceramic work at the Tokyo Gift Show.

March 2002
Rhea Alexander

Rhea who is the president and design director for successful product design company D.I.G.S., worked with a cutlery manufacturer and paper manufacturer during her stay in Gifu.


November 2002 - December 2002
Irina Davidovich

A designer and instructor who specializes in hand-made ceramics. Irina's work was also exhibited in Gifu in New York 10 Designers. During her residency, she worked with a tableware import/export company and a porcelain manufacturer. She designed a teapot and cups for the American market and a set of dishes for the domestic market.


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