Kinya Tagawa

Kinya Tagawa

Design Engineer


Kinya is an award-winning design engineer experienced in a wide range of products including hardware, software, and interactive art. He holds a BEng from the University of Tokyo, an MA from the Royal College of Art in the UK. His work was selected as a permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was assigned as a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, from 2015 to 2018. With his contribution to the RCA, he was awarded as an Honorary Fellow, RCA in 2018. Kinya is also appointed as a member of several design-related committees of the Japanese Government.

Thoughts on Design

When I work on a project, I sometimes think as a designer and sometimes as an engineer. This is more like a pendulum swinging back and forth between these two realms of thought, rather than switching between them depending on the situation.
It is an attitude of looking at an issue from at least two different angles. “The pendulum thinking” is not limited to a single framework, but moves back and forth between two poles at high speed, finding the answer in the swinging afterimage. Part and whole, individual and group, concrete and abstract, large and small, perspective, subjective and objective, insect’s eye and bird’s eye, near future and far future... It is in the movement of this back and forth that I hope to find the shape of design.

Representative work

  • 2015 | REASAS Prototype


  • 2019 | SHIMIZU S-PULSE

  • 2015 | NHK E-TV Mimicry

  • 2015 | TAMRON SP Series

  • 2015- | TAMRON LENS Series

  • 2020 | V-RESAS

  • 2019 | “Secret Source of Inspiration” Exihibition

  • 2007 | Furumai

  • 2007 | Shigure


  • 2012 | Shenu

  • 2012 | Shenu

  • 2013 | Take Fino

  • 2004 | Tagtype Garage Kit

  • 2014 | SHISEIDO KANSEI Lab

  • 2016 | Letter Opener

Interview (Japanese)

From the exhibition “Secret Source of Inspiration: Designers’ Hidden Sketches and Mockups