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Designer

Toshimitsu Sasaki

1949 Born in Hita City, Oita, Japan.
1973 Graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department of the Shibaura Institute of Technology.
1978 Received an award at the Mainichi Industrial Design Competition.
1986 Held a joint exhibition, “Collection 1,” in collaboration with Kazuhide Takahama and Kozo Abe at the Axis Gallery in Roppongi.
1988 Exhibited “Origin,” a chair combining bamboo and metal, at Milan Salon de Mobile, an international furniture trade fair.
1991 “Origin” was selected for inclusion in the International Design Yearbook. (UK)
1996 Received an award at the Sixth Arango International Design Competition. (USA)
2000 His three works were selected for inclusion in the International Design Yearbook. (UK)
Sasaki was involved with numerous events and activities, many of which won awards. Sasaki started designing for Hida Sangyo in 1995, releasing the Crescent collection that year and the Enku collection in 1996. For the Words from the Forest collection released in 2001, Sasaki designed furniture using wood with “knots,” marking the first such attempt in the furniture industry. In 2002 he received the Good Design Award for the SN105W loveseat. In 2003, Sasaki designed furniture using Japanese cedar, despite the long-held belief that such wood was unsuitable for furniture. In the same year, he received the Good Design Award for the Wavok collection. In September 2005, at 56 years of age, Sasaki suffered a heart attack and passed away.