Profile

Kiku Obata & Company is a London and St. Louis based design consultancy specializing in identity, editorial and environmental design. Founded in 1977, the studio remains an intentionally small, design-led practice undertaking a diverse range of work in the fields of art, culture, commerce and the public realm. We specialize in establishing an organization’s identity and visual language across all communications and physical environments with the greatest attention to detail. Our work is creatively-led, rigorously executed and rooted in a thorough understanding of a client’s intentions and a project’s context.

Disciplines

  • Identity
  • Brand Strategy
  • Print
  • Environments
  • Wayfinding
  • Signage
  • Campaigns
  • Packaging
  • Digital
  • Retail

People

Directors:

  • Kiku Obata
  • Kristen Malone

Designers:

  • Igor Karash
  • Amy Knopf
  • Rich Nelson
  • Sarah Newitt
  • Ashlie Rathgeber
  • Paul Scherfling

Architects:

  • Kevin Flynn
  • Dennis Hyland
  • David Leavey

Environmental Graphic Designers:

  • John Marksbury
  • Todd Mayberry
  • Laura McCanna
  • Jim Redington

Studio:

  • Mike Alsup
  • Tiffany Glasco
  • Karen Van Horn

Credits

© 2017 Kiku Obata & Company

Photography: Carlos Jaramillo, Ross Mantle, Simon Menges, Mike Sinclair

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Profile

Kiku Obata & Company is a London and St. Louis based design consultancy specializing in identity, editorial and environmental design. Founded in 1977, the studio remains an intentionally small, design-led practice undertaking a diverse range of work in the fields of art, culture, commerce and the public realm. We specialize in establishing an organization’s identity and visual language across all communications and physical environments with the greatest attention to detail. Our work is creatively-led, rigorously executed and rooted in a thorough understanding of a client’s intentions and a project’s context.

Disciplines

  • Identity
  • Brand Strategy
  • Print
  • Environments
  • Wayfinding
  • Signage
  • Campaigns
  • Packaging
  • Digital
  • Retail

Press & Awards

  • The Type Directors Club, Certificate of Typographic Excellence, 2017
  • Dezeen, June 2016
  • It's Nice That, June 2016
  • Design Week Awards, Nomination, 2015
  • RDI, International Store Design Awards, Outstanding Merit, 2015
  • Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, 2015, Princeton Architectural Press
  • Women’s Wear Daily, January 2015
  • The New York Times, August 2011
  • American Planning Association, 10 Great Streets in America, 2011
  • American Planning Association, 10 Great Streets in America, 2009
  • Inc. Magazine, May 2008
  • SEGD, Honor Award, 2004
  • segdDesign Magazine, No.02, 2003
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 2002
  • SEGD, Award of Merit, 2000
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award, 2000
  • Communication Arts Magazine, September / October 2000
  • Communication Arts Magazine, May / June 1999
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1999
  • Communication Arts Magazine, May / June 1997
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1997
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1996
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1994
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1993
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1992
  • Progressive Architecture, January 1992
  • American Association of Museums, Award of Distinction, 1991
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1991
  • Progressive Architecture, Urban Design Award, 1991

Boards & Committees

  • The Whitaker Foundation (2011–present)
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park (2014–present)
  • Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (2001–present)
  • AIA, Retail & Entertainment Committee, Chair (2011)
  • SEGD (2003–09)

Teaching & Lectures

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • AIA Convention, Atlanta
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • AIA Convention, Miami
  • Washington University, St. Louis

Press & Awards

  • The Type Directors Club, Certificate of Typographic Excellence, 2017
  • Dezeen, June 2016
  • It's Nice That, June 2016
  • Design Week Awards, Nomination, 2015
  • RDI, International Store Design Awards, Outstanding Merit, 2015
  • Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, 2015, Princeton Architectural Press
  • Women’s Wear Daily, January 2015
  • The New York Times, August 2011
  • American Planning Association, 10 Great Streets in America, 2011
  • American Planning Association, 10 Great Streets in America, 2009
  • Inc. Magazine, May 2008
  • SEGD, Honor Award, 2004
  • segdDesign Magazine, No.02, 2003
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 2002
  • SEGD, Award of Merit, 2000
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award, 2000
  • Communication Arts Magazine, September / October 2000
  • Communication Arts Magazine, May / June 1999
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1999
  • Communication Arts Magazine, May / June 1997
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1997
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1996
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1994
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1993
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1992
  • Progressive Architecture, January 1992
  • American Association of Museums, Award of Distinction, 1991
  • Print Magazine, Regional Design Annual, 1991
  • Progressive Architecture, Urban Design Award, 1991

Selected Clients

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Base4 Innovation
  • BJC Healthcare
  • Beauty Brands
  • The Body Shop
  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Brown Shoe
  • CIM Group
  • CityArchRiver
  • City of Clayton
  • City of Mt. Sterling, IL
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • Danforth Plant Science Center
  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • Delmar Redevelopment District
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Disney
  • Dulles Intl. Airport
  • Gateway Foundation
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Harvard University
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Jazz St. Louis
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
  • Metro Nashville Arts Commission
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • National Park Service
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Oilily
  • Renault
  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Schema Projects
  • Shakespeare Festival St. Louis
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Stanford University
  • Starbucks
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Target
  • Tsuruta Architects
  • Tyler Florence
  • UBS
  • Velvet Coat
  • Vornado Realty Trust
  • Washington University
  • Whole Foods Market

Credits

© 2017 Kiku Obata & Company

Photography: Carlos Jaramillo, Ross Mantle, Simon Menges, Mike Sinclair

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