He has designed furniture, home appliances, robots, and household items in Italy, Germany, Japan, and other countries, and has produced many hit products. Many of his works are in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has served as a government advisor for design revitalization in Singapore, Thailand, and China. He has held important positions in the design industry in Japan and abroad, including chairman of the jury for the Japan Good Design Award. He is also involved in the revitalization of Japan’s traditional crafts and local industries, and is active in many other fields. In 2011, he was awarded the “Golden Compass Award (International Merit Award)” in Italy, and in 2016 he served on the international jury for the same award. In 2017, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, Commendatore. In 2018, he received the “Intellectual Property Merit Award” from the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office.
Professor at Osaka University of Arts.
Books: “The Power of Design”, “Local Industry + Design”, “Explorations in Design”, etc.