Arts Committee Breakfast Series #4 |Naoto FukasawaVIEW EVENT DETAILS
"Mingei and Design"
Asia Society Japan Center is delighted to welcome, Mr. Fukasawa to the Arts Committee morning round table. As consumers, we see his designs everyday through MUJI products or the famous Infobar mobile phones. He is also the current Director of Nihon Mingei-kan (The Japan Folk Crafts Museum) in Komaba, Tokyo. The museum was founded in 1936 to showcase the concept of then new aesthetics of the Mingei (folk crafts) movement. Mr. Fukasawa curated the exhibition earlier this year at Design 21/21, titled” Exhibition Mingei – Another Kind of Art” which showcased the works of Mingei.
In this round table, Mr. Fukasawa will take us through a discussion titled, "Mingei and Design" , an exploration of how the Mingei aesthetics have influenced and shaped today's designs.
Naoto Fukasawa | Product designer
Collaborating with globally renowned brands as well as consulting for major international manufacturers. Fukasawa has won numerous awards, including the 2018 Isamu Noguchi Award. In 2007, he was accorded the title of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry (Royal Society of Arts, UK). He has authored books, the recent one published in 2018 'Naoto Fukasawa EMBODIMENT' (PHAIDON).
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. He is a professor in the Integrated Design Department at Tama Art University. Since 2012, he is the Director of Nihon Mingei-kan (The Japan Folk Crafts Museum).