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Kenya Hara


Kenya Hara stands as a monumental figure in the design world, both in Japan and internationally. A graduate of Musashino Art University, Hara joined the Nippon Design Center straight out of school and later founded Hara Design Institute in 1992. Renowned for his minimalist aesthetic, he captures the profound through symbolic visuals deeply rooted in Japanese culture. This knack for communicating essence without excess has won him major clients like Matsuya department stores, Tsutaya Books, and Umeda Hospital, as well as design work for events like the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics. In 2001, Hara took over as Muji’s art director, imparting a vision where "sometimes simplicity surpasses splendor." His leadership has transformed Muji into an international emblem of aesthetic and conceptual quality. Additionally, Hara has organized groundbreaking exhibitions like Re-Design and Senseware, collaborating with global design giants like Kengo Kuma and Naoto Fukasawa. A multi-award-winning designer, Hara has also penned influential books, including "Designing Design," exploring the philosophy of emptiness in design. With his appointments as a professor at Musashino Art University and the President of the NDC, Hara continues to shape the future of design.

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