Sho Ota

Sho Ota is a designer from Japan, based in the Netherlands. With six years of experience creating and designing wooden furniture in his home country, he sought further education in design and moved to the Netherlands.
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In 2018 Sho Ota graduated with a master's degree from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Contextual Design Department, and soon after opened his own studio in Eindhoven. Drawing upon his experience in furniture making in Japan, he is now able to create more collectible, unique designs without the constraints of efficiency.
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2024  “Design Miami Los Angeles” – The Future Perfect, Los Angeles, CA

2023  “Touch Wood” – Alcova Milan Design Week, Milan, IT

2023  “Collectible” – Bespoke, Brussels, BE

2022  “Poetic Design” Duo show with Olga Engel – Mia Karlova Galerie, Amsterdam, NL

2022  “NEXT TO THE WOOD WORKSHOP” – Microlab Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL

2022  “PARALLELS” with Piet hein Eek – Edit Napoli at Made in Cloister, Napoli, IT

2022  “Zut! Show Paris” with A1043 gallery – Paris, FR

2022  ‘Steinbeisser’s Experimental Gastronomy with Jeong Kwan’ – Gemeenlandshuis, Amsterdam, NL

2022  “Intergenerational Graduation Show” by Design Academy Eindhoven – Milan Design Week, Milan, IT

2021  “SHO OTA” solo exhibition – A1043 gallery, Paris, FR

2021  “Kuradashi” Designart – Tokyo, JP

2021  “Surfaced” solo exhibition – Januka for Designart, Tokyo, JP

2021  “The Whispering Wood” – Kazerne Dutch Design Week & RE FORM Biennale, Eindhoven, NL

2021  “A Life Less Ordinary” – Mia Karlova Galerie, Amsterdam, NL

2020  ‘Biennale Émergences’ – Paris, FR


2020  Collectible “Curated” section – Brussels, BE

2020  Object Rotterdam – Rotterdam, NL

2020  IMM Pure talents contest – Cologne, DE

2019  HOW & WOW with Craft Counsil Netherlands – Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL

2019  Surfaced – Area51 skatepark, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL

2019  Design Parade Hyères 14 as one of the finalists – Villa Noaille, Hyères, FR

2019  PechaKucha Amsterdam #41 talk about ‘According to the Grain’ – Amsterdam, NL

2019  Collectible with ToolsGalerie – Brussels, BE

2019  “ART OF SITTING” ToolsGalerie – Paris, FR

2018  ’Totally Tactility’ Dutch Design Week – Eindhoven, NL

2018  ‘G18’ Graduation Show of Design Academy Eindhoven – Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL


Design Parade Hyères 14 (2019), finalist (’According to the Grain’)

Pure Talents Contest 2020, Special mention, finalist (’According to the Grain’)