21 Products Designed by Naoto Fukasawa That We Love

21 Products Designed by Naoto Fukasawa That We Love

By Samantha Daly
With an eye for divining the essence of objects, Naoto Fukasawa has emerged as one of Japan’s most influential designers.

The typical Fukasawa product, whether designed for MUJI, Samsung, or Herman Miller, could be loosely defined as minimalist in that it's what it needs to be and nothing more: intuitive, approachable, a delight to use. In reality, to see and use a Fukasawa mug, table, or lamp is so much more. To celebrate the esteemed designer's work, we've rounded up some of our favorite Fukasawa products.

Plus Minus Zero Mug
This Mug is designed with a simple and timeless form by the legendary designer Naoto Fukasawa. It features a soft rectangular handle that can be lifted by two fingers. The design is beautifully simple, and is dishwasher, dish dryer, and microwave safe.
Alessi Cha Kettle/Teapot
A petite pot for perfect pekoe. The Alessi Cha Kettle/Teapot gets its name from the Japanese word for the fusion of two objects, in this case a kettle for brewing tea and a teapot for serving it. This all-in-one pot is made of Mirror Polished stainless steel with a cool-to-the-touch thermoplastic...
Serralunga Cup Planter, Large
After a brief career as a watch designer, Naoto Fukasawa moved to the United States to work for the design firm IDEO in 1989. Still learning English, Fukasawa used visuals to communicate with his Silicon Valley coworkers as they designed computers, medical devices, furniture and sporting goods.
Magis Déjà-Vu Oval Table
Lightweight table constructed using simple materials. Elegantly crafted, the Magis Deja-vu Oval Table is a splendid addition to your dining ensemble. Made in collaboration with designer Naoto Fukasawa it features a simple oval top complemented by angled legs.
Herman Miller Saiba Lounge Chair
Naoto Fukasawa designed the Saiba Lounge Chair for Herman Miller, creating a minimalistic yet structured design. The four-leg base comes in black or polished aluminum with plush cushions that create a relaxing seating experience.
Muji Wall Mounted CD Player
The main functions and performance CD-DA playback: MP3/WMA playback. Other special features: Can play MP3, of WMA_file recorded in the CD-R/RW_disc.
Magis High Déjà-Vu Stool
With a simple, minimalist design and a luxurious feel, the Déjà-Vu Stool is made of durable die-cast and extruded aluminum in an elegant polished or painted finish. Available in a medium and high stool. Flame-retardant.
Magis Cu-Clock Clock
Traditional design gets a modern, minimal twist. The Magis Cu-Clock Clock takes away the adornments and accents from the famous cuckoo clock made in the Black Forest in Germany to create this minimalist timepiece.
Artemide Demetra Wall Sconce
The Artemide Demetra LED Wall Sconce caters to general and directional lighting needs by embedding a simple aluminum structure with steady adjustment points and mobility.
Muji Toaster Oven
MoMA MUJI Toaster Oven Vertical Type MJ-OTL10A is an amazing toaster oven with a black window on the black box. You should know that two-stage vertical type oven doesn’t need much space to be installed. It comes with 4 level of heater and you can toast 2 slices simultaneously.
Artemide Demetra Table Lamp
Taking its name from the Greek mythological goddess of the harvest, the Artemide Demetra LED Table Lamp is designed to "harvest a creative work environment." Success. The lines are clean and minimal; the conveniences modern and practical.
Magis Déjà-Vu Chair
The Magis Deja-Vu Chair puts an elegant spin on a straightforward side chair, featuring a curvaceous back and clean base atop tall, narrow legs.
Muji Electric Kettle
This electric kettle by MUJI boils a cup of water in 80 seconds. The kettle powers off once water is boiled, using minimum electric power. 100V, 1200W power consumption.
Herman Miller Saiba Dining Chair
Naoto Fukasawa graduated from Tama Art University in 1980, after which he began his career with Seiko Epson, where he specialized in creating microelectronics.
Magis Tempo Wall Clock
A minimalist clock designed by Naoto Fukasawa. Taking a simple approach, the Magis Tempo Wall Clock draws inspiration from the clock icon found in everyday computer screens.
Muji Pop-Up Toaster
This shape of the toaster is square round. Toast two bread. It works perfect on frozen toast.   Attention Buyers: The voltage for this electronic device is 100V and made for Japan usage ONLY.
Danese Milano Itka Table Stem Lamp
Designed by Naoto Fukasawa, the Itka with Stem Table Lamp is a hand-blown opal glass shade that is highly expressive in its simplicity. The glass is acid-etched, fully obscuring the interior light source when lit or unlit, creating a beautiful pillow of ambient light.
Magis Pizza Low Table
An interlace of dynamic shapes. This Magis Pizza Low Table will surely be a statement piece in any modern setting. Inspired by the Italian favorite, it flaunts a rimmed oblong tabletop supported by intertwined wire base that induces a geometric visual appeal.
Artemide Athena Floor Lamp
Designed by Naoto Fukasawa for Artemide, the Athena LED Floor Lamp exemplifies the idea that there should be a complete, harmonious relationship between objects and people. Artemide prides itself in always being synonymous with innovative, thought-provoking design.

To learn more about Fukasawa's design ethos, check out these books:

Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment
A brand new monograph on one of Japan's best-known product designers, featuring more than 100 of his latest works. Naoto Fukasawa's simple, restrained, and user-friendly products have an extraordinarily universal appeal.
Super Normal: Sensations of the Ordinary
Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa have compiled 204 everyday objects in search of super normal design: alongside examples of anonymous design, there are design classics like by Jacobsen, Rams, Bill or Noguchi.

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