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Sori Yanagi
As a founder of the modern industrial design method after World War II, Yanagi created numerous industrial products that were valued as “tools for living,” including furniture. Moreover, he was a powerful advocate for design workshops. His design expertise also extended to automobiles, pedestrian overpasses and the platform for the Olympic flame used at the Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan. His “Butterfly Stool” is famous as the first piece of work for which a Japanese designer received global recognition.
yanagi collection

Katsuo Matsumura
A furniture designer from Tokyo, Matsumura went to work for Yoshimura Junzo Design Studio after graduating from Tokyo Fine Arts School. He is known for his designs of chairs that ideally fit the Japanese body type and lifestyle. The co-founder of Q Designers together with Riki Watanabe and Yu Watanabe, Matsumura is counted among the true pioneers of furniture design in Japan.
Matsumura chair by Katsuo Matsumura

Enzo Mari
Mari, one of most prominent Italian industrial designers, contributed significantly to the emergent concept of design in 1950s. Today he maintains his idea that a design should embody the response to cultural change.
hida series by Enzo Mari

Motomi Kawakami
Visiting Professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tama Art University Design work specializing in product, interior, space and environmental design.
Collaboration in local industry promotion projects and professional education.
kisaragi by Motomi Kawakami
Seoto by Motomi Kawakami
seoto ex by Motomi Kawakami

Toshimitsu Sasaki
Sasaki was involved with numerous events and activities, many of which won awards.Sasaki started designing for Hida Sangyo in 1995, releasing the Crescent collection that year and the Enku collection in 1996.
For the Words from the Forest collection released in 2001, Sasaki designed furniture using wood with “knots,” marking the first such attempt in the furniture industry. In 2002 he received the Good Design Award for the SN105W loveseat.
In 2003, Sasaki designed furniture using Japanese cedar, despite the long-held belief that such wood was unsuitable for furniture. In the same year, he received the Good Design Award for the Wavok collection.
In September 2005, at 56 years of age, Sasaki suffered a heart attack and passed away.
words from the forest by Toshimitsu Sasaki
crescent by Toshimitsu Sasaki
Wavok by Toshimitsu Sasaki