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Student Showcase Archive

Saki Maruyama

MA work

MA work


These days, children spend more time in structured play and less in free play, a trend found to result in an increase of mental illness amongst the youth. Knotty is a tool to enhance children-led, free, imaginative play through digital technology with a unique craft-like interaction. 



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • Saki Maruyama is a London-based designer. Having received her BA in Law from Keio University in Tokyo and an MSc in Urban Planning from Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) in London, Saki is currently expanding her skills to design, studying Innovation Design Engineering (MA/MSc) at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. 

    Her interest is in the relationships and interactions between humans and the existing social systems by encompassing her diverse backgrounds which range from International Law to Engineering

    For her,  design is a common language regardless of ages, cultures and social classes. With this philosophy, her aim is to activate people's creativity by challenging existing stereotypical values through playful intervention. Currently she is working as Studio Playfool with Daniel Coppen.