The designer Naoto Fukusawa was born in Japan in 1956. He completed his studies at the Tama Art University of Tokyo in 1980. Then he worked for Seiko Epson before moving to the USA in 1989. He came back to Tokyo in the mid-1990s, where he first took leadership of the IDEO design studio, and later founded his own studio in 2003. Within a few years he became a very successful designer and started working with many international brands.
The Japanese is especially kown for his creations for the Japanese lifestyle label Muji, whose minimalism he has greatly influenced as the company's creative chief. For Muji, he designed electronic devices like a CD player and two cellular phones which are also displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Naoto Fukasawa also developed his own household label and worked for many major companies like Apple and NEC. He also designed minimalistic lamps and more for famous brands like Artemide, Belux and Magis. His works received many awards, like the IDEA Award, the Red Dot Design Award, the iF Award and the D&AD Award.
The designer is Professor at the Muashino Art School. He also teaches at the Tama Art University. Aside from teaching, Naoto Fukasawa also wrote many books and contributed to other publications as a co-author. Fukasawa passes on his thoughts and inspirations in various workshops.