Naoto Fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa

by Naoto Fukasawa, Antony Gormley, Jasper Morrison
     
 

Naoto Fukasawa (b. 1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today. Fukasawa's design philosophy relies on careful observation of what people do and feel in their everyday lives. This keen study allows Fukasawa to find simple solutions that touch the senses and link to shared memories. By working with the iconic value of a product, be it a

Overview

Naoto Fukasawa (b. 1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today. Fukasawa's design philosophy relies on careful observation of what people do and feel in their everyday lives. This keen study allows Fukasawa to find simple solutions that touch the senses and link to shared memories. By working with the iconic value of a product, be it a watch or a sofa, Fukasawa is able to come up with contemporary designs that address the common knowledge of how we use objects in our everyday lives. For example, his groundbreaking wall-mounted CD player for MUJI in 1999 was based on the image of a kitchen fan and moved away from all the conventions of hi-fi equipment manufacture. It was a simple appliance, restrained in appearance and function, and very different from the numerous black boxes that had become the standard in the market. Interestingly, as Fukasawa's products are based on people's common and not always conscious view of things, his design solutions sometimes swim retroactively against the current of received opinions to achieve popularity and success. The LCD TV monitor he designed for Plus Minus Zero reinstates the shape of the cathodic-tube TV set instead of becoming even thinner; and his mobile telephone Infobar for KDDI/au has large keypads, referring back to the first models of the 1980s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714845869
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 11.62(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Naoto Fukasawa is the first monograph published in English on this most innovative designer. Fukasawa's own text elucidates the ideas behind each of his projects, and the book includes colorful illustrations with never-before-seen photographs and drawings.

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