Holiday Trunk Show at Sarah Swell, Dec 6

trunk show at sarah swell

You’re invited to a special holiday Aiko Designs trunk show at the Sarah Swell Showroom (215 Caledonia St.) in Sausalito on Saturday, December 6th from 12-5pm! Please join us for some bubbly, sparkly jewels, and best of all, holiday cheer!

Aiko Designs Open Studios Nov 1-2

You’re invited to Workspace’s Open Studios (2150 Folsom St.) on Nov 1st-2nd in San Francisco from 11am-6pm! Stop by to see great art and design by Bay Area local artists! Aiko Designs is participating — find me in studio 13A!

DEW by Kanako Hayakawa

I recently did an amazing show in Tokyo called Kira Kira. I was lucky to Kanako Hayakawa as a neighbor. I absolutely love her line of cast metal pieces called DEW.

I was so happy to go home with this pair of DEW by Kanako Hayakawa earrings…rose gold over sterling silver (I think they call this “pink gold” in Japan) with enamel. I absolutely love them!

Here is Kanako wearing more of her pieces from her Anima collection.



View more of Kanako’s work on her site: DEW by Kanako Hayakawa

Kira Kira Tokyo


at The 8th Gallery / CLASKA 8F

開催日 : 2013年10月23日(水)~28日(月)
開催期間 : 11:00〜20:00 ※23日のみ13時開始

Aiko Designs is participating in the KIRA KIRA Creative Group Exhibition in Tokyo!

October 23rd-28th from 11am-8pm at CLASKA in Meguro. Reception on October 26th from 3-10pm.

More details on participating artists coming up soon!


Aiko Designs + Sarah Swell Open Studio June 1st

Sarah Swell and Aiko Designs are opening our studio to the public on Saturday, June 1st from 12-4pm. Would love to see you there!

Date: Saturday, June 1st
Time: 12-4pm
Location: 230 Madison St. Oakland, CA 94607 (map)

Trunk show + Piedmont Avenue Stroll at NATHAN&CO May 16th

Please join me at the Piedmont Avenue Stroll on Thursday, May 16th for a trunk show from 6-9pm at NATHAN&CO. Enjoy shopping, dining and local art. Hope to see you there!

NATHAN&CO is at 4025 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland, CA.  (map)

Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day)

Kodomo no Hi — こどもの日 (Children’s Day) is a national holiday in Japan that occurs on May 5th. Traditionally, this holiday was celebrated as Boy’s Day, but after World War II, the holiday was changed to celebrate all children’s happiness.

In Japan, days before the holiday begins, you’ll see beautiful koi flags called “koinobori” raised, blowing in the wind as if they are swimming. The black koi represents the father, the red koi the mother, and the blue koi is the son. There are additional colors for younger sons (I don’t think the girls get to have a koi flag – some traditions just can’t be changed it seems!).

San Francisco’s Japantown is celebrating Kodomo no Hi today. Check it out if you are in the area!

Spessartite beauties

Spessartite, also known as mandarin garnets, are warm rich stones that look great on all skin tones. This set is in a great modern, yet timeless cut. Find the necklace here and earrings here.

Bay Area Artists for Japan | Fukushima Now

In April, 2011, Aiko Designs was proud to participate in the  Bay Area Artists for Japan art-sale fundraiser. This year, they are hosting Fukushima Now, a fundraiser for children in Fukushima prefecture.

Fukushima Now will take place this Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 5-8PM, at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. The event will feature a panel discussion addressing current conditions in Fukushima, as well as the continuing impact of the use of nuclear power on peoples of all nations. The panel discussion will be followed by a charity Art Sale and reception.

All proceeds from the event will go to 3a! Anzen (security/safety) Anshin (peace of mind) Action in Koriyama – a non-profit group represented by Ms. Tokiko Noguchi in Koriyama, Fukushima. 3a! is advocating for regular echo-cardiography of thyroids testing and regular blood testing for children in Koriyama. The city of Koriyama is located 40 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

FUKUSHIMA NOW Facebook event page

SIP + SHOP: Aiko Designs Trunk Show

Please join us for a trunk show at  C R O W N  N I N E  in Old Oakland Thursday, December 20th from 6-8pm!  We’ll have some bubbly, some tasty bites and lots of lovely jewelry!