Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1940, he received his M.F.A. from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1966, worked at Angelo Mangiarotti Architects in Milan from 1966 to 1969, and established Kawakami Design Room in 1971.
His daily work includes craft, product design, furniture, space and environmental design. He is also engaged in the development of local industries and human resources. He has been a visiting professor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kanazawa College of Art, Tama Art University, and Kobe Design University.
Major awards: Japan Interior Designers Association Award, 1st Prize in the Chair Design Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Mainichi Design Award, Kunii Kitaro Industrial Craft Award, JSCE Tanaka Award, IF Award, G Mark Gold Award, etc.