Akihito Fumita

Akihito Fumita
Interior Designer


The design philosophy of Akihito Fumita is displayed in his method of not using Japanese expressions straightforwardly in his design, while being sharply conscious of his identify as Japanese. While he creates bold and avant-garde designs with an architectural approach, the spaces and products designed by Fumita provide a feeling of unknown nationality resembling motifs of machines and the future, as well as a peculiar tense atmosphere and silence, similar to the feeling you get when you are visiting a Japanese temple.

What are the best ways to render these elements on a global level as a Japanese designer?


Although it was his mission of many years, there is a certain type of expression unique to a Japanese designer in his design today, which was completed after trial and error, exhibiting something different from the straightforward, obvious Japanese design, which can be conveyed at a gene level. At the base of his stance not relying on stereotypical Japanese expressions and well-thumbed means, you can see the origin of his philosophy as a Japanese designer. Fumita’s design indeed makes you feel like it is quietly throwing out a question as to what the essence of global design is. LOCUS series created in a joint collaboration with TIME & STYLE have started from his unique design process of casting off from meanings.

People understand the meaning of things by words. For example, floors, walls, and ceilings in a space. In general, when people imagine an ordinary room, floors stand in parallel to walls while floors and ceilings stand in parallel to walls. However, in his mind, the mutual relationship is not always true. By pulling apart the floors, walls, and ceilings from the original intentions, he considers the ways of expressing the space. In his design, the floors, walls, and ceilings become distorted, crooked, and linked together to create a spherical object at times. When the image is abstracted after removing its intention, he adds new intentions and rules to shape it as a product to be used practically.

LOCUS series, which was developed from the drawing of the shape after cutting off part of a spherical object, also offers products that followed the same process. As he looks back that the start of the design of LOCUS was instantaneous, the work of separating the basic elements of the chair, such as the back, seat, and legs, from its original intention leads to a motif of a spherical object. Creating the shape after cutting off part of the spherical object is the design process itself that is expressed instantaneously under consciousness, not simply the expression as a shape.