ABOUT US

MARCIA IWATATE

Born in Georgetown, Washington D.C. USA
Restaurant consultant, product concept development director,
author of cookbooks, design and architectural books for the international market

CAREER

1975
Opens Silver Spoon restaurant with Sazaby Co. Ltd. and chef Kihachi Kumagai
1976
Creative director of Soap Bubble Opera (fashion show) for Jun Co. Ltd.
1977
Contracted by Jun Co. Ltd. as creative director for shop development and advertising CENTRAL PARK (Harajuku, Tokyo) a free-zone shopping hall in a former garage
1978
Milk Blossom Cafe, Kobe
1979
Closes Silver Spoon, moves to New York City
1980
Establishes Jun Co. Ltd. New York Branch for US marketing
1982 - 84
Creative director for Tokio by Domon advertising/fashion shows
1984
Opens JunEX Shop, Soho, New York
Returns to Tokyo
1984 - 88
Creative director for JunEX, Domon, and George Sand advertising/fashion shows
Advertising campaign with artists as models (such as Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Miles Davis, etc.)
1988-90
Contracted by Tokio Kumagai International as creative director
1989-91
Contracted by Mitomi Co. Ltd. as creative director for INTRIGUE
1990
Concept Development+Design Direction for tenants of The Wall Building, Nishi-Azabu Ristorante Cibreo, Club JB, and The Suite
1992 - 02
Contracted by Shunju Co. Ltd.
1992
Shunju Hibiki, Tokyo
1994
Malt's Club, Kyoto
Yuan, Tokyo
1995
Malt's Club Shibuya, Tokyo
1996
Shunju Toriizaka, Tokyo
1997
Shunju Bunkamuradori, Tokyo
1998
Launches lighting fixture collection HIZUKI with Reiko Okamoto
2000
Begins to write cookbooks and design books for the international market
Shunju Tameike Sanno, Tokyo
2001
Ichii, Tokyo
2003
Establishes MAREI Ltd. with Reiko Okamoto
oriental dining Blupond, Seoul
2004
Café Amoje, Seoul
2007
Furniture collection arti
2008
The Westin Chosun Hotel SUSHI CHO, Seoul
2011
VECCHIA E NUOVO Flagship, Seoul
2011
The Westin Chosun Hotel THE NINTH GATE GRILLE, Seoul
The Westin Chosun Hotel THE CIRCLE, Seoul
The Westin Chosun Hotel PAYARD BOUTIQUE, Seoul
The Westin Chosun Hotel ONE, Wedding/BQ Tabletop Program
2012
SSG Food Market THE MENAGERIE, Seoul
SSG Food Market HOMURAN, Seoul
SSG Food Market GRAMERCY HALL, Seoul
2014
JAJU, Seoul
2017
Shinsegae Department Store Main Branch HOMURAN rice, tea & bamboo, Seoul

BOOKS

2002
Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine
2003
Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine (Japanese edition)
2004
EAT.SHOP.WORK. New Japanese Design
2005
Japan Houses
2006
Korea Style
2008
Japan Living: Form and Function at the Cutting-edge

SELECTED BIBILIOGRAPHY/
BOOK REVIEWS

2003.11.01
Nikkei Marketing Journal MJ (Japan), pg. 1
2004.04
Noblesse (Korea), pgs. 366–367
2005.10
Vanity Fair (USA), pg. 54
2005.12
Dwell (USA), pg. 52
2006.01
Precious (Japan), pg. 200
2006.01
L’Officiel Japon (Japan), pg. 192
2006
Young Asian Designers (daab publishing, Germany) pgs. 190–195
2007.01
Maison Marie-Claire (Korea), pg.142
2007.02
Heren (Korea), pgs. 170–177
2007.08.29
“Heart to Heart”, Arirang TV (Korea)
2007.11
Marisol (Japan), pgs. 301–316
2008.03.15
Pen (Japan) pg. 158–59
2008.06
Precious (Japan) pg. 87