Naoto Fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa (b.1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today, achieving widespread recognition with his groundbreaking wall-mounted CD player, designed for MUJI in 1999

Edited by Naoto Fukasawa with essays by Antony Gormley, Jasper Morrison and others


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Naoto Fukasawa (b.1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today. His simple, restrained and user-friendly products appeal to people's shared experience of things. The wall-mounted CD player he designed for MUJI in 1999, based on the image of a kitchen fan, was selected into MoMA's design collection in 2005.

The book is the first survey on Fukasawa's work to be published in English. Edited by Fukasawa himself, and with contributions by artists, designers and lecturers, such as Antony Gormley and Jasper Morrison, the book introduces the reader to the designer's particular and innovative design approach. Illustrated with newly commissioned photography, the book showcases over 100 products, which Fukasawa elucidates with a clever combination of images and words.


Format: Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 300 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714866031

Naoto Fukasawa (b.1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today. Having worked previously for IDEO in the US, he established his own company, Naoto Fukasawa Design, in 2003. He is responsible for the groundbreaking wall-mounted CD player for MUJI and has designed for other renowned companies including Driade and B&B Italia.

Tim Brown is CEO of design company IDEO in the US, which he joined in 1987 after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London. He has received numerous awards and his designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London.

Antony Gormley (b.1950) is a celebrated English sculptor best-known for his work with metal figures, such as the Angel of the North in Gateshead, UK (1998). He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994.

Kenya Hara (b.1958) is a renowned and award-winning product and graphic designer whose clients have included MUJI. Having established the Hara Design Institute, he is also a representative of the Nippon Design Center and Professor at Musashino Art University in Japan.

Bill Moggridge is an industrial designer and co-founder of the influential design company IDEO in the US. His own designs include the first lap-top computer in 1980, the GRiD Compass, and he regularly lectures at various institutions, including the Royal College of Art in London where he is Visiting Professor.

Jasper Morrison (b.1959) is one of the most influential British designers working today. His clients include Vitra, Magis and Flos, and he is responsible for classics such as the Family Kitchen containers for Alessi (1998) and the Low Pad Chair (1999) for Capellini.

Masato Sasaki (b.1952) is a contributing writer of The Ecological Approach to Design, on which he collaborated with Naoto Fukasawa and Takeshi Goto. He is a specialist in ecological psychology and is presently a professor at the Unversity of Tokyo.

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