Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1956, Naoto Fukasawa has worked at Seiko Epson and ID Two (now IDEO San Francisco), founding and heading up IDEO’s Tokyo office. In 2003, Fukasawa went independent and established NAOTO FUKASAWA DESIGN.
Fukasawa has established a reputation for his quietly powerful designs and philosophies embodying human sentiment. He has collaborated with numerous international companies and brands. His designs span a wide variety of fields, from home accessories and precision electronic equipment to mobility, furniture, interior spaces and architecture.
Fukasawa is the recipient of numerous design awards. He has been accorded the title of Royal Designer for Industry (Royal Society of Arts) and received the Isamu Noguchi Award in 2018. He is also a professor at Tama Art University. Since 2012, he has been a curator at The Japan Folk Crafts Museum.