Naoto Fukasawa

Industrial designer, Author

1956 –

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Who is Naoto Fukasawa?

Naoto Fukasawa is a Japanese industrial designer, born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1956. He graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. After having acted as the head of the American company IDEO's Tokyo office, he established Naoto Fukasawa Design in 2003. Representative works include MUJI'S CD player, the mobile phones "Infobar" and "neon" and the ±0 brand of household electrical appliances and sundries. In recent years, he has released a host of new works with Italian companies B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese and Boffi, as well as in Germany and Northern Europe, and they have garnered a great deal of attention. In the past, he has won over fifty awards, including the American IDEA Gold Award, the German if Gold Award, the British D&AD Gold Award, the Mainichi Design Award and the 5th Oribe Award.

Fukasawa is a professor at Musashino Art University and a visiting lecturer at Tama Art University. He has authored such books as An Outline of Design and co-authored others such as The Ecological Approach to Design. As of 2012, he is one of the co-Directors of 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, Japan's first design museum.

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Yamanashi Prefecture
  • Japan
  • Tama Art University
    ( - 1980)
  • IDEO

on July 23, 2013


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