Designer of the Future, Music Hacker, Sound Artist, DJ

Yuri Suzuki

We're proud to announce that Yuri Suzuki has just been co-awarded Designer of the Future by Swarovski and Design Miami. As part of the award Suzuki will create new work, using Swarovski crystals, to be exhibited at Design Miami/Basel in June 2016.  

Yuri Suzuki loves music - but he can't read it. As a dyslexic, he can’t understand musical score, and even though he got fired as a trombone player in a band, this hasn’t dampened his passion for music or it’s connection to people. 

Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realm of sound through exquisitely designed musical artefacts. 

Awarded Designer of the Future by Design Miami and Swarovski

Born in Tokyo, he worked for 6 years with the famous Japanese art unit Maywa Denki, where he developed a strong interest in music and technology. In 2005 he moved to London and has stayed there ever since. 

Suzuki’s work explores the relationship between sound and people and how music/sound affects people’s minds. The contraptions he builds range from highly designed and well-crafted museum-ready pieces like the highly acclaimed Pyramidi, a collaboration with will.i.am; to more lo-fi projects where crayons become keyboards and a balloon is a synthesizer. No material is out of bounds in Suzuki’s versatile work. 

In 2016 Fast Company awarded Suzuki top 1,000 most Creative People in Business #MCP1000. In 2014, Museum of Modern Art New York acquired his work OTOTO, the DIY musical instrument comprising of a built-in a synthesizer and sampler, and Colour Chasers to their permanent collection. Suzuki’s sound art pieces and installations have been exhibited all around the globe and is held in a number of private collections. Many global brands like Disney and Google come to Suzuki’s design studio for the ease with which he moves between the low fi and high tech. 


Coca Cola
Warner Brothers
Design Miami


Wired 2014 U.K
Design Interactions Week at MoMA, N.Y
Semi-Permanent N.Z
Music Tech Fest
Eyeo Festival, U.S
Turbine Festival, U.K
Digital One Design Week, 
ACT, South Korea
This Happened, U.K
Lift, Geneva

A presentation of projects from YSLAB, Yuri Suzuki's consultancy. 


An interview for Crane TV


A talk at Wired Conference


Yuri Suzuki's music video for Androp


A talk at Eyeo conference


An interview for Disegno


A short film on Sounds of the Earth


How to make electronic music from items in your kitchen by Yuri Suzuki


Dezeen interview on Looks like Music


Designer in Residence at the Design Museum


The Animatic for Design Miami