ADF: Asia Design Forum
Design Roulette, Beijing

Mark Dytham is director at Klein Dytham architecture (KDa), one of Japan's most exciting design firms. Born in the UK, Mark studied architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1989 he traveled with business partner Astrid Klein to Tokyo, where they found work with Toyo Ito. Staying on in Japan, they established KDa and quickly gained recognition with a series of audacious and award-winning projects. Working freely across design disciplines including architecture, interiors, furniture, installations and events, KDa's output reflects the energy and freshness that Mark and Astrid find in Tokyo. The Japanese thirst for the new, sensitivity to material and detail in crafting, and an ever-changing urban environment nourish KDa's ideas and production. KDa spans East and West, offering the freshness of vision that only an outside perspective can bring. Their client list includes Google, Sony, Virgin Atlantic, Nike, Uniqlo, and Vertu. Their recent complex for Tsutaya, one of Japan's leading media companies, has redefined retail and the bookstore in the digital age. Mark co-founded SuperDeluxe, a creative art space in the centre of Tokyo, which is the birthplace of PechaKucha Night, a show-and-tell evening where each speaker shows 20 slides in 20 seconds each. In 2000, Mark was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to British design in Japan.