Naoto Fukasawa was born in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, in 1956. He graduated from Tama Art University's product design department in art and 3D design in 1980. Until 1988, Fukasawa worked as a designer at Seiko-Epson corp. In 1989, he left Japan for the United States. In San Francisco he joined a small office that had employed 15 persons--'ID two', the predecessor to 'IDEO', which now has 450 staff in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Boston, Chicago, London and Munich.
After eight years, Fukasawa returned home. In 1996, he helped set up 'IDEO' in Japan--a team of eight designers working mainly for the Japanese market. He stayed with it until December 2002.
Fukasawa went independent and in January 2003 he established 'naoto fukasawa design' in Tokyo. Fukasawa joined the advisory board of the Japanese company 'MUJI'.
Fukasawa is a lecturer in the product design department Musashino Art University and Tama Art University in Tokyo. His designs have won more than 50 design awards in Europe and America.