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


 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, installation 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 2016

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. 

He was recently announced as a partner at Pentagram, the world’s largest independent agency.


  • 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


  • Will.i.am

  • Disney

  • Google

  • Panasonic

  • Coca Cola

  • Warner Brothers

  • Oreo

  • Yamaha

  • Design Miami

  • OK Go


An interview for Crane TV

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

Yuri Suzuki's music video for Androp

A talk at Wired Conference

An interview for Disegno

A talk at Eyeo conference

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

A short film on Sounds of the Earth

Designer in Residence at the Design Museum

Dezeen interview on Looks like Music

The Animatic for Design Miami

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