Designer. Head of design office "nendo." Born in 1977 in Canada. In 2000, graduated top of his class from Waseda University (School of Science and Engineering, Department of architecture). In 2002, completed master's degree at same university and set up design office nendo. In 2006, chosen by Newsweek magazine as one of the "100 most respected Japanese." In 2007, the same magazine listed his company among the "top 100 small Japanese companies." Among his many awards are the Designer of the Year award from Britain's Wallpaper magazine, and Elle Deco International Design Award's Designer of the Year award, both in 2012. His representative works are kept in the world's art major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Has written books including "Ura kara nozokeba omotega mieru" (By peeping through the back you can see the front) published by Nikkei Business Publications and "Nendo no kando" published by Shogakukan. Since 2012, has been teaching at Waseda University as a part-time instructor.