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, Finland, and Japan, as well as consulting for major international manufacturers. His designs span a wide variety of fields, from precision electronic equipment to furniture and interior spaces.
He has won numerous awards for his work including the 2018 Isamu Noguchi Award. His wall-mounted CD player for MUJI, the humidifier for ±0, the mobile phones INFOBAR and neon for au/KDDI, are all part of the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 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 Designmuseum Danmark’s permanent collection. In 2007, he was accorded the title of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry (Royal Society of Arts, UK).
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 2006, he established “Super Normal” with Jasper Morrison. 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. Since 2012, he is acting as the 5th curator of The Nihon Mingei-kan (The Japan Folk Crafts Museum).
Fukasawa has authored books including ‘An Outline of Design’ (TOTO Shuppan), and co-authored ‘The Ecological Approach to Design’ (Tokyo Shoseki) and ‘Optimum−The Designs of Original Forms’ (Rikuyosha), as well as producing a monograph of his work, published in 2007, ‘Naoto Fukasawa’ (Phaidon). In 2009 he held ‘The Outline’ exhibition with photographer Tamotsu Fujii, and published a book of the same name by Hachette Fujingaho (now Hearst Fujingaho). The recent book, published in 2018, ‘Naoto Fukasawa EMBODIMENT’ (PHAIDON).