Monocle on Design

Form, function and the future

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1 October 2019

Episode 416

30 minutes

We visit the Mingeikan – the Japan Folk Crafts Museum – to speak to its director-designer Naoto Fukasawa, who has used Japan’s Mingei crafts movement to inform his globally renowned products. Plus: we look at design’s future and the role of artificial intelligence with Daisuke Ishii, Sony’s chief art director, discussing the brand’s ‘Affinity in Autonomy’ installation.

1 October 2019

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Chapter 1

Naoto Fukasawa and the art of mingei

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Industrial and product designer Naoto Fukasawa reflects on Japan’s traditional mingei craft movement and describes how it informs his own work today.

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Daisuke Ishii on ‘Affinity in Autonomy’

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Daisuke Ishii, chief art director for Sony, discusses how artificial intelligence can inform design and how he incorporated both into the installation ‘Affinity in Autonomy’.

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