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The Process of Creating: Tetsutaro Nakabayashi

Tokyo based, Tetsutaro Nakabayashi, is a design director and a product designer. In 1988 Nakabayashi graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School, and until 1997, he belonged to the Product Design Division of Masayuki Kurokawa Architect & Associates. After that he has established his own studio, namely Tetsutaro Design.

When I was studying design at Kuwasawa Design School in 1988, I came across the works of Mr. Masayuki Kurokawa: a designer who was working both in the architecture and the product design field. I was strongly attracted by the fascination and the possibility of product design and this encounter became the opportunity to be involved in product design.

What fascinates me from a designer's standpoint is the beauties of nature and biodiversity, art in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, new technologies and materials, etc. I would like to make use of the images and the elements obtained from them for my work. From a design director's standpoint, I am interested in design process improvement and team creation.

Before Creating

The following two issues are considered mainly:

1. How can I make the best use of the advantages of the manufacturing process into design?
2. How can I express the hospitality to users and their life by the form?


Clue to creativity can be discovered by positively considering “constraints". I keep my creativity by having these discoveries continuously. Inspiration often comes from the scenes where "constraints" are discussed, common daily scenes, and the behavior of people.

The method of work may be changed according to the range and the type of the work requested (e.g. design work or design direction).

After Creating

The “Answer” is not offered, but will be found together.

One of the achievements that I am proud of after becoming an independent designer is "Birds-Foot". This project was able to give a small innovation to manufacturing by the manufacturer in Takaoka City in Toyama prefecture: a production region of cast metal in Japan.

In the future, I would say that you can see one example of the diversity of the designers who are based in, and working in Tokyo.



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