Naoto Fukasawa’s goal with this chair was to create a design that could “entwine with people’s actions and with the environment, too.” The result is a retro yet contemporary dining or side chair. A wide array of choices for the frame, outer back, and legs will enhance a range of environments.
With his designs devoted to simplicity and sublime beauty, Fukasawa has designed for a wide range of leading brands worldwide in Italy, Germany, America, Switzerland, Spain, China, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Portugal, Sweden and Finland, as well as consulting and working with Japanese major corporations. His designs span a wide variety of fields, from precision electronic equipment to furniture and interior settings. He has received numerous national and international design awards. His wall-mounted CD player for MUJI, humidifier for ±0 and the mobile phones INFOBAR and neon for au/KDDI are all part of New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) permanent collection. In 2007, he was accorded the title of Honorable Royal Designer for Industry (Royal Society of Arts), UK. MUJI’s wall-mounted CD player is also part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s permanent collection, while his HIROSHIMA armchair for MARUNI is part of Designmusuem Danmark’s permanent collection.
Fukasawa is one of the directors of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. He also sits on the design advisory board of MUJI, and is the art director of MARUNI. In 2017, he became a member of the judging committee for the LOEWE Craft Prize. He is a professor in the Integrated Design department at Tama Art University. In 2006, he established “Super Normal” with Jasper Morrison. He has been acted as the 5th curator of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum since 2012.
Fukasawa has co-authored The Outline – The Unseen Outline of Things (Hachette Fujingaho) with photographer Tamotsu Fujii and released NAOTO FUKASAWA (Phaidon Press). In Spring 2018, He released his Second book with Phaidon press, Naoto Fukasawa Embodiment.