Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. His work looks into the relationship between sound and people, and how music and sound effect their minds. His sound, art and installations have been exhibited all over the world.

Suzuki was born in Tokyo in 1980. After studying Industrial Design at Nihon University, he worked for the Japanese art unit Maywa Denki (who created the Otamatone). He then moved to London to study Design Products at the Royal College of Art under the tutelage of Ron Arad. During this period, he also worked with Yamaha to produce musical experiences.

In 2013, he started teaching at Royal College of Art as well as becoming a research consultant for Disney, New Radiophonic Workshop and Teenage Engineering.

During this same year, he set up Yuri Suzuki Design Studio, focusing on R&D, sound and design consultancy work, where he collaborates with many clients including Google, Moog, will.i.am, Panasonic and Disney to name a few.

Later on in 2013 Suzuki created a DIY musical instrument, the OTOTO (comprising of a built in synthesiser and sampler) - with Mark McKeague and Joseph Pleass as Dentaku Ltd - to much public acclaim.

In 2014, Museum of Modern Art New York acquired his work OTOTO and Colour Chasers to their permanent collection.

Yuri Suzuki and Yuri Suzuki Design Studio are based in London with an international client base, who are looking to push the boundaries of design, technology and sound.

photo - Juan Trujillo Andrades

Selected Exhibitions

Sonic Playground
High Museum of Art, Atlanta

This is for everyone
Museum of Modern Art New York

Digital Revolution
Barbican Gallery London

Jukeboxes in Tate Britain
Tate Gallery London

Garden of Russolo
Victoria and Albert Museum London

Looks Like Music
Mudam Luxembourg

Designers in Residence
Design Museum London

Media Scape
Nam June Paik Art Center Seoul

Cyber Arts Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo


Designer of the Future Award
Design Miami/Swarovski

Honorary mention (Sound Art)
Prix ARS electronica

Honorary mention (Interactive Art)
Prix ARS electronica

Finalist PAD Award
Pavilion of Art and Design

Designers in Residence
Design Museum London

Honorary mention (Interactive Art)
Prix ARS electronica


Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

London Transport Museum, London

Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul

Église Saint-Pierre, Firminy