Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Fuma Fujiwara ("FF") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
FF : I am a student studying design at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts. I moved to Okinawa Prefecture from the main island of Japan when I was 18 years old. Okinawa Prefecture is rich in nature and has a unique cultural background. I was amazed by the beauty of this nature and culture. However, only some know about Okinawa's incredible nature and culture. So, I have a mission to tell you what I found in Okinawa.
FF : My motivation for design is that I want to tell people about my discoveries. I have always been curious and valued discoveries more than anything else. Findings that have a positive impact on people should be shared. So my designs are inspired by my discoveries because I want my discoveries to reach more people.
FF : My father used to design advertising magazines. I remember my father drawing pictures for me when I was little. Maybe that's why I'm interested in working as a designer. However, I chose to become a designer myself rather than being forced to do so.
FF : I like to look for materials from nature. We often use unique wood from Okinawa. Other than that, I have also used plastics discarded on the beach and volcanic rocks and pumice washed ashore in my designs. We also specialize in acrylic designs.
FF : Good design values relationships with people. Design that has a positive impact on people's lives and emotions is truly good design. When good designs are shared with many people, society becomes a better place.
FF : The ultimate design is a design that saves people's lives in the event of a disaster. To realize this design, various knowledge is required.
FF : In Japan, I respect nendo's Oki Sato. Also, I admire foreign designers Zaha Hadid and Mies van der Rohe.
FF : When I first saw Zaha Hadid's Mesa, I was blown away. This table showed me the design possibilities.
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