The directors are three designers who are well acquainted with the contemporary situation of design and the creative scene, Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh, and Naoto Fukasawa. They are continually reviewing program planning with the associate director, Noriko Kawakami. >>Director Talks
Established the Miyake Design Studio in 1970, and presented his first collection in Paris, in 1973. Since the beginning of his career, Miyake's philosophy has been to construct garments from a single piece of fabric, and to explore the relationship between a three-dimensional form, such as the body, and two-dimensional cloth. Started PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE in 1993, to make clothes for a contemporary lifestyle that combine functionality and beauty. In 1998, Miyake embarked upon a new project called A-POC (A Piece Of Cloth) with Dai Fujiwara and a team of young designers, to challenge the way in which clothing is made, using a new process to create clothing beginning with a single piece of thread. Today, Miyake continues to work with his Reality Lab to create clothing and products that address both aesthetics as well as the needs and concerns of the 21st Century. In 2004 THE MIYAKE ISSEY FOUNDATION was established. Publications include "Issey Miyake East Meets West" (Heibonsha), and "Issey Miyake Making Things" (Actsud, Scalo, Axis), etc.
Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts Department of DESIGN in 1979, completed graduate school in 1981, entered Dentsu Inc. Established Taku Satoh Design Office Inc. in 1984.
Product development and package design for Nikka Whiskey's Pure Malt, packaging design of "LOTTE XYLITOL Gum"; "MEIJI Dairies' Oishii Gyunyu". Seasonal catalog designs for "PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE"; the logos for "21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art. Kanazawa"; "National Museum of Nature and Science". Directed the exhibition "Anatomy of Design".
In television, overall direction for "Design Ah!" and art direction for "Nihongo de Asobo" (Let's Play in Japanese) for educational channel of NHK.
Author of the "Kujira wa shio o fuite ita" (DNP Art Communications).
In 1989, Fukasawa left Japan for the United States where he worked for eight years at IDEO in San Francisco. He returned to Japan in 1997 to establish a Tokyo branch of the company. In 2003 he founded Naoto Fukasawa Design. Fukasawa's design widely ranges from portable digital assisting products such as watches and mobile phones to personal computing products, electronics, household goods, furniture and interior design. He has been collaborating with representative brands in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Scandinavia and Asian countries for their product developments. Fukasawa's work is highly respected for the way it uses the senses to connect people and objects and enhance the pleasure of those using the product. Publications include "Dezain no Rinkaku (The contours of design)" (TOTO Shuppan), and co-author of "Dezain no Seitaigaku (The ecology of design)" (Tokyo Shoseki).
After working as editor of the design magazine AXIS, Kawakami began her career as a design journalist and editor in 1994. She was involved in design projects of the Domus Academy Research Center as external editorial director from 1994 to 1996. Books include "Realising Design" (TOTO Shuppan), and co-author of "le design" (Beaux Arts).