Naoto Fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa

Born in Yamanashi 1956, Graduated from Tama Art University’s Product Design Department. As an in-house designer, he engaged in the design of microelectronic devices including watches. In 1989, Fukasawa moved to the United States and joined IDEO and it was a very rare case for Japanese product designer of that time.

It was the time when Silicon Valley was experiencing a rapid growth with the computer technologies and Fukasawa was mainly involved in the design of computers and electronics for companies in Silicon Valley, medical equipment, furniture and sporting goods. In 1996 he returned to Japan, where he set up and headed IDEO’s Tokyo office. He acts as the chairman for “ GOOD DESIGN AWARD”,  a professor at Musashino Art University, a visiting professor at Tama Art University, and a member of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Research Group on Applications for Strategic Design.

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