Born in Yamanashi, Japan, in 1956, he graduated in 1980 from the Department of Product Design at Tama Art University. After eight years working in the United States for the IDEO studio, he then became director of their Tokyo branch. In 2003 he founded Naoto Fukasawa Design. Since then he has organised a series of workshops and exhibitions entitled Without Thought, with the collaboration of several designers in the studio, producing numerous publications on the theme. One workshop gave rise to his famous CD player marketed by Muji, which in 2002 won both the German IF Gold award and the British DandAD prize. In April 2003 he also won the prestigious Japanese Mainichi Design Award. For his invitation to New York's Museum of Modern Art, Fukusawa presented the work Personal Skies during the Work spheres exhibition. In September 2003 he established the brand ?0, dedicated to the design of electrical equipment and accessories for interiors, such as the mobile telephone KDDI/au Info bar which won immediate acclaim. He currently sits on Muji's advisory board for high quality design. Naoto Fukasawa has worked with driade since 2005.