Born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan in 1956, Naoto Fukasawa creates designs that are known for their ability to access and communicate the true essence of an object. In 2003, he established NAOTO FUKASAWA DESIGN, and he currently consults for and designs for Japanese companies and a wide range of leading global brands. Fukasawa also sits on the design advisory board of Muji, is the art director of Maruni Wood Industry, serves as the curator of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, and is a professor in the Integrated Design Department at Tama Art University, and one of the directors of 21_21 Design Sight. He has been accorded the title of Royal Designer for Industry (Royal Society of Arts) and has been a recipient of the Isamu Noguchi Award. For HAY, he has designed the Pao Lighting Collection.