Naoto Fukasawa

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Naoto Fukasawa
Naoto Fukasawa in the cover of Icon Design, june 2018

Naoto Fukasawa (深澤 直人) is a Japanese industrial designer, author, and educator.[1] Since 2014, he teaches Integrated Design at Tama Art University as a professor.[2] In 2003, he established Naoto Fukasawa Design.[3]


He was born in Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan in 1956. He graduated in 1980 from Tama Art University with a degree in product design.[2][4]

Fukasawa worked at IDEO in San Francisco, California and later helped establish the IDEO Tokyo office.[5] He established Naoto Fukasawa Design in 2003.[3] Since 2002, Fukasawa has been a MUJI advisory board member and worked on the development of many of their products. Representative works of Fukasawa include 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.

As of 2012, he is one of the co-directors of 21 21 DESIGN SIGHT, Japan's first design museum.[6][7][8]

Fukasawa previously taught at Musashino Art University. Since 2014, he teaches Integrated Design at Tama Art University as a professor.[2]

Many of his works are included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) including, MUJI's Wall-mounted Compact Disc Player (1999), Neon Cellular Phone by KDDI Corporation (2005), and Infobar Cellular Phone by KDDI Corporation (2003).[9]

He has been described by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the world's most influential designers.[10]

Select awards[edit]

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, Naoto (2018). Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment. Phaidon Press. ISBN 9780714876078.
  • Fukasawa, Naoto (2014). Naoto Fukasawa. Phaidon Press. ISBN 0714866032.
  • Fukasawa, Naoto (2005). An Outline of Design. Japan: TOTO Shuppan.
  • Fukasawa, Naoto; Goto, Takeshi; Sasak, Masato (2004). The Ecological Approach to Design. Japan: Tokyo Shosek.



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  2. ^ a b c "Naoto Fukasawa, Lighting Designer Profile". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. ^ a b "Best Practice, Naoto Fukasawa, Product Design". Red Dot. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  4. ^ "Antiques of the Future, Naoto Fukasawa". Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  5. ^ "DESIGN IN MIND: Naoto Fukasawa". Arkitektura Assembly. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  6. ^ "Art Space Tokyo". 21_21 Design Sight: Tokyo Art Maps. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  7. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2007-05-01). "Without Thought". Metropolis. Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  8. ^ Prescott, Judith (2009-01-13). "Japanese design comes of age". RFI. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  9. ^ "Naoto Fukasawa | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  10. ^ "World's Most Influential Designers". Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  11. ^ a b "Naoto Fukasawa Not Just Winning Awards--Now He's Designing Them". Core77. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  12. ^ "Naoto Fukasawa". (in German). 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  13. ^ "What Are the G-Mark and Good Design Award?". Core77. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  14. ^ "Industrial Designer Naoto Fukasawa on His Creative Process". Metropolis. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2019-01-25.

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