Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. After heading the Tokyo office of international design firm IDEO, he opened his own studio in 2003. The designer’s work explores the simplicity of forms as well as the expression of essential, universal values. Naoto Fukasawa’s designs range from electronic equipment to cookware and furniture. Apart from collaborating with well-known Japanese and international brands, the designer has also authored and co-authored books and has taught at prestigious universities in Japan. Since 2012, Naoto Fukasawa has acted as one of the directors of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, a design museum created by Tadao Ando and Issey Miyake. The designer’s work has received many awards, including an iDEA Gold Award and iF Gold Award. One of his most iconic designs, the MUJI CD Player, is included in MoMA’s permanent collection.