Industrial and furniture designer Naoto Fukasawa had design and artistic inclinations since his childhood and, upon discovering that design can allow people to live happier lives, he decided to dedicate himself to the medium and studied it as a student in college. He found success early on and has grown exponentially since he first began, garnering over 50 awards, authoring and co-authoring several books and teaching at several different universities including the one he studied at, Tama Art University in Japan.
For some time, Fukasawa worked in San Francisco with IDEO, later opening up their Tokyo offices. He has produced some of Muji’s most well known products, including the CD player which is now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. More recently, Fukosawa has been designing for the world’s leading furniture brands including B&B Italia, Artemide and Maruni. His work is some of the most recognizable in the world and ranges from watches to kitchen appliances to mobile phones.
We sat down with Naoto to discuss his work, philosophy, working with global brands and the pleasure he gets from hand building his own house without the aid of powertools. Listen here.
More than a Collection, a Conviction