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Famous Designers from Japan

Updated October 13, 2018 2.8k views 11 items

List of notable or famous designers from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top designers born in Japan and even some popular designers who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese designers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These designers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known designer from Japan is included when available.

Kenzo Takada and Isamu Noguchi are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This historic designers from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese designers of note?" and "Who are the most famous designers from Japan?" These prominent designers of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese designers.

Use this list of renowned Japanese designers to discover some new designers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (11 items)
Goichi Suda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Goichi Suda (須田 剛一, Suda Gōichi, born January 2, 1968), commonly known by the nickname Suda51, is a Japanese video game designer, writer and director. He is the founder and CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture, which has produced some of his most recognized work including The Silver Case, Flower, Sun, and Rain, killer7, and the No More Heroes series. Suda is from Nagano Prefecture in Japan, moving to Tokyo at the age of 18 and eventually being hired as a designer at Human Entertainment after having a number of other jobs including as an undertaker. After leaving Human Entertainment, he founded Grasshopper Manufacture and worked on their debut title The Silver Case as writer, director and designer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Nagano Prefecture, Japan

Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Hironobu Sakaguchi (坂口 博信, Sakaguchi Hironobu) (born November 25, 1962) is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, writer, and film director. He is best known as creator of the Final Fantasy series, which he conceived the original concept for the first title Final Fantasy and also directed several later entries in the franchise, and has had a long career in gaming with over 100 million units of video games sold worldwide. He left Square Enix and founded the studio Mistwalker in 2004. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 56

Birthplace: Hitachinaka, Japan

Isamu Noguchi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold. In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today. His work ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 84 (1904-1988)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

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Issey Miyake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Designers from Japan
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Issey Miyake (三宅 一生, Miyake Issei, born 22 April 1938) is a Japanese fashion designer. He is known for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions and fragrances, such as L'eau d'Issey, which became his most well-known product. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 80

Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

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