Naoto Fukasawa Design

Elevator, Hitachi

April 15th, 2021
On April 15, 2021, Hitachi Building Systems Co., Ltd. launched the Elevator designed by Naoto Fukasawa.
All the plane surfaces are uniform with one tone of color, conceiving a monolithic impression. The details are carefully crafted, the iconic shape of the ceiling lighting, the clear visibility of the buttons, the comfort of the handrails. Those elements create a beautiful space that travels up and down and brings a high-quality experience to the passengers.

http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/3510/

iF DESIGN AWARD 2021

April 20th, 2021
iF DESIGN AWARD 2021
PLUS / team-demi
From March 19 to May 9, 2021, MUJI Ginza Atelier MUJI GINZA will be holding an exhibition titled “MINGEI—The Shape of Beautiful Living,”, curated by Naoto Fukasawa.

The Mingei Movement of folk craft and MUJI, although born of different eras, have each continued to question their origins in the context of consumerism, while also taking in the influence of changing trends and lifestyles. Produced with the cooperation of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Nihon Mingeikan), the traveling exhibition, “MINGEI—The Shape of Beautiful Living,” hoists high the MUJI banner in an innovative, forward-looking form. The exhibition offers visitors a message replete with guideposts to the future and opportunities to appreciate the beauty of mingei. The name MUJI is derived from the original Japanese, Mujirushi Ryohin, which can be translated as “no-brand quality goods.” As the name suggests, MUJI is all about creating products that serve a useful everyday purpose by subtly and modestly blending into day-to-day life. MUJI’s aim has been to become a useful part of people’s daily lives all around the world, whatever the setting might be—from the kitchen to the living room to the washroom. Our hope is that this exhibition will provide guests with an opportunity to take a good, close look at the philosophy that has always shaped MUJI’s craftsmanship, one product at a time.

Za Stool, emeco

March 3rd, 2021
In February 2021, Naoto Fukasawa and Emeco launched the Za stool collection.
A series of three-size stools handcrafted from recycled aluminum used everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
“Za” means 'a place to sit' in Japanese.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/3441

TG Flagship Store OPEN

January 6th, 2021
From January 16 to March 7, 2021, MUJI Naoetsu Open MUJI will be holding an exhibition titled “MINGEI—The Shape of Beautiful Living,”, curated by Naoto Fukasawa.

The Mingei Movement of folk craft and MUJI, although born of different eras, have each continued to question their origins in the context of consumerism, while also taking in the influence of changing trends and lifestyles. Produced with the cooperation of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Nihon Mingeikan), the traveling exhibition, “MINGEI—The Shape of Beautiful Living,” hoists high the MUJI banner in an innovative, forward-looking form. The exhibition offers visitors a message replete with guideposts to the future and opportunities to appreciate the beauty of mingei. The name MUJI is derived from the original Japanese, Mujirushi Ryohin, which can be translated as “no-brand quality goods.” As the name suggests, MUJI is all about creating products that serve a useful everyday purpose by subtly and modestly blending into day-to-day life. MUJI’s aim has been to become a useful part of people’s daily lives all around the world, whatever the setting might be—from the kitchen to the living room to the washroom. Our hope is that this exhibition will provide guests with an opportunity to take a good, close look at the philosophy that has always shaped MUJI’s craftsmanship, one product at a time.

Tako, maruni

September 16th, 2020
In September 2020, Naoto Fukasawa and maruni launched the Tako series, a new collection consisting of solid wood chairs and tables, using innovative industrial processes and traditional craftsmanship methods.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/3363/

team-demi, PLUS

September 10th, 2020
In September 2020, Naoto Fukasawa and PLUS released the new team-demi. Inspired by PLUS original palm-sized stationery set from 1984.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/3323/

Pao steel pendant, HAY

September 15th, 2020
In August 2020, Naoto Fukasawa and HAY launched the Pao lighting series, an exciting collaboration on a collection of lamps.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/3301/
In the AXIS issue, released on October 1, 2020, a dialogue about the brand book "True design" viewed through ALEXIS, was posted with Naoto Fukasawa, the designer of ALEXIS Shelf, the photographer Tamotsu Fujii and art director Kaoru Kasai.

iF GOLD AWARD 2020

February 7th, 2020
iF GOLD AWARD 2020
- HITACHI / Air Purifier

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iF DESIGN AWARD 2020
- SUS, ALEX / Alex Shelf
- TAOBAO Choice, ALIBABA / Elements of Life

UP TO YOU ANTHOLOGY

December 4th, 2019
On December 5, 2019, UP TO YOU ANTHOLOGY presented bags collection designed by Naoto Fukasawa at Corso Garibaldi, 116 in Milano.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/3126/

2019 GOOD DESIGN GOLD AWARD

November 16th, 2019
2019 GOOD DESIGN GOLD AWARD
- MUJI / GACHA

2019 GOOD DESIGN BEST 100
- SUS / Alex Products Alex Shelf
- HITACHI / Air Purifier

2019 GOOD DESIGN AWARD
- TAOBAO Choice, ALIBABA / Elements of Life
- MUJI / ROUND CHAIR
- COTTO / OVAL
- JAKUETS / KAME

Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards

September 6th, 2019
Embodiment by Naoto Fukasawa (Phaidon Press) received the Best Book of Contemporary Design in Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards.

whitechapelgallery.org
Naoto Fukasawa and COTTO announced the release of a unique bathroom series collaboration on March 2019. The Oval Collection includes a wash basin, faucet, toilet, showerhead, and a mirror. It utilizes the warm and elegant geometry of the oval to create a set of complementary elements connecting the human figure and the ambiance of the bathroom.
http://naotofukasawa.com/ja/projects/2814/

Air Purifier, Hitachi

March 7th, 2019

"ITSUMO" Cutlery ALESSI

January 18th, 2019
The cutlery series ITSUMO was released as part of ALESSI’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection at MAISON&OBJET PARIS on January 18, 2019.
http://naotofukasawa.com/ja/projects/2709
“Elements of Life”, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, was launched and released onto the market by Taobao Xinxuan, operated by China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., on December 3, 2018 at the International Design Museum of China (designed by Alvaro Siza, located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province). This symbolic design was created using only square and round elements; rather than creating an impact on the user’s life, the products are inevitable elements that become one with their environment.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/2356

Glassware TG, TAIWAN GLASS

January 11th, 2019
Seventy three new products were released onto the market by TAIWAN GLASS on January 11, 2019. These form a series comprised of cups, plates, coffee cups and wineglasses made of glass and ceramics. The U-shaped cup for drinking water forms the design language base for the whole series, and each product has been unified under this language. The series was designed with a view to enhancing quality from the simplest acts in life.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/2238

Monolithic Cookware, JIA

September 27th, 2018
“Monolithic Cookware” designed by Naoto Fukasawa was released by JIA Inc. on September 27, 2018. This is a series of light, durable pots made from cast aluminum and utilizing the latest Teflon processing technology. Slimming down the base of the handle intuitively highlights how easy they are to hold. This series was selected for Best meals on wheels at the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2019.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/2227
“A Special Dialog: Jonathan Ive x Naoto Fukasawa – Industrial Design That Changed the World” was printed in AXIS magazine’s February edition, released on December 29, 2018. This is a dialog between Apple’s chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, and Naoto Fukasawa. The two designers, both leading forces in industrial design, discussed the evolution of design.

MINGEI - Another Kind of Art

November 2nd, 2018
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT holds the exhibition "MINGEI - Another Kind of Art" directed by Naoto Fukasawa, from November 2, 2018.
Naoto Fukasawa, together with three kilns producing Mashiko-yaki, launched BOTE & SUTTO, a new ceramicware brand; sales of the brand through IDEE’s Roppongi store commenced on January 25, 2019.
As the brand’s director, Naoto Fukasawa ascertained the clay, glaze and shape that constitute Mashiko-yaki, along with its history and background, and affordedan outline from the essence of these elements. Based on this outline, Fukasawa, Mashiko town and potters in the township worked together to create thirty six products, some on the thick side and some with a fresh feel to them.
http://naotofukasawa.com/projects/2290

Naoto Fukasawa Embodiment

April 1st, 2018
A collection of Naoto Fukasawa’s works was released by British publishing house PHAIDON. This is the second collection of his works published by PHAIDON, the first being NAOTO FUKASAWA, published in 2007. The book contains stunning photos and accompanying explanations of more than 100 of his designs spanning the 10 years since his previous book was released.