Naoto Fukasawa

Industrial designer, design educator and author, Naoto Fukasawa, believes that design should be intuitive and seamlessly engaging to those who experience it. One of Japan’s most influential contemporary designers, he is noted for creating designs that are both functionally and conceptually sound. “Fukasawa’s innovative designs of familiar objects are based on his close observations of how we use things in our everday lives. Rather than focusing on objects in isolation, he considers how they relate to their surroundings.”[1]
Born in 1956 in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, Fukasawa graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. He designs objects that are, as he describes, ‘close to the body.’ He thinks that design should be a part of the human experience, and the story of how an object comes to be is as important as the final design. After spending eight years as the head of the American design firm IDEO’s Tokyo office, he established Naoto Fukasawa Design in 2003. That same year, he helped start the Plus Minus Zero brand of household and electronics products. Fukasawa has received more than 40 international awards, and his work is included in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world. He is currently a professor at Musashino Art University and a visiting lecturer at Tama Art University.

Fukasawa, Naoto, ed. Naoto Fukasawa. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2007

Works associated with this person or group

  • Humidifier (Japan), 2003

    Low, thick, glossy white bowl-like form with circular slit at the bottom of the center depression, for the discharge of steam.

  • LCD Television, 2003

    Rectangular black screen in tapering red plastic housing pierced with rows of speaker holes on four sides; row of control buttons at front top; black cord emerging from circular hole…

  • Muji Wall-mounted CD Player, designed 1999; manufactured 2013

    White plastic square body with rounded corners; face pierced for speaker; large central circular indentation with reader having center spindle to recieve and play CD; white power cord hanging from…