Sudō Reiko is one of Japan’s most influential contemporary textile designers, renowned for creating innovative textiles, championing new sustainable manufacturing methods and working to highlight Japanese textile heritage. She is the Design Director of leading textile design firm Nuno, which was founded in 1984. Known for pushing the boundaries of textile production, Sudō and her team integrate Japanese dyeing and weaving traditions with cutting edge technology and experimental finishing methods, whilst combining diverse materials such as cotton, silk, metal and paper. The results are original and distinctive textiles which can be functional lifestyle items produced on an industrial scale or individual works of art in their own right.
Sudō has worked in fabric planning and development for Mujirushi Ryōhin (MUJI) and joined the Advisory Board in 2016. She is also a member of the prestigious Japan Design Committee and worked on a pioneering sustainability project with the Tsuruoka Textile Industry Cooperative in Yamagata Prefecture. Additionally, Sudō is an Emerita Professor at Tokyo Zokei University, an honorary MA graduate from the University for the Creative Arts (UK), and a recipient of the Mainichi Design Award, the ROSCOE Design Prize and the Japan Interior Design Association JID Award.