Shin Okuda On small acts of sustainability.

Shin Okuda On small acts of sustainability.

  • Words George Upton
  • Photography Justin Chung

Every morning, before he leaves for the studio, Shin Okuda vacuums his home. “Cleaning is a form of meditation,” says the Los Angeles-based furniture designer. “It’s an important part of the creative process.”

Okuda produces functional and utilitarian furniture at Waka Waka, the studio he founded in 2009. What began life as a few pieces he produced for events at Iko Iko—the concept store run by his wife, the fashion designer Kristin Dickson-Okuda—has since flourished into a continued collection of refined, playful pieces. His designs are inspired by quirky Japanese post-modern designers from the ’70s and ’80s, such as Shiro Kuramata, and are full of subtle personality.

Everything at Waka Waka is made by hand in Okuda’s studio in the north of the city. Like his home, th...

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