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"Peace-Keeping Design" - from wheelchair to vaccine injection -

The Japan Foundation Rainbow Series #3 at Sony Club

Presented in Association with International Designers Network Foundation (IDNF)


Designer of such objects as wheelchair, scissors and pencil sharpener, all part of MoMA’s permanent collection, and also of the Kawasaki 704 Series of eyeglasses (those worn by Governor Palin), Dr. Kawasaki speaks about Inochi (Life), Kimochi (Feeling) and Katachi (Shape)


For more information on Dr. Kazuo Kawasaki, please visit http://wsww.design.frc.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/kazuokawasaki_e.html


Monday, June 8, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Followed by Q&A and Reception

at Sony Club (550 Madison Ave, between E 55th & E 56th, NYC)

Please register your name, affiliation and contact info by June 4. (Admission is free.)

Fax: 212-489-0409 or by e-mail: reservation@jfny.org


This lecture is made possible by the cooperation of Sony Corporation of America and the Consulate General of Japan in New York.



Kazuo KAWASAKI, Ph. D.
URL: http://www.kazuokawasaki.jp


Design director
Doctor of medical science
Professor of graduate school of engineering, Osaka University
Emeritus Professor of Nagoya City University
Visiting Professor of Tama Art University
Visiting Professor of Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Committee Member of deliberation council of Good Design Award in Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization ; Competent Authority of METI.


Kazuo Kawasaki was born in Fukui Japan in 1949 and graduated from Kanazawa College of Arts.
He worked as industrial designer at Toshiba.
As a result of traffic accident when 28 years of age in 1978, and forced to spend time in a wheelchair.
He established his own company and worked as a design director for various companies; Apple, Canon, Eizo, Fujitsu, Matsuda, Moriseiki, NTT DoCoMo, Sony, Toshiba etc.
Through his design work that he would shorten his life to do, he keeps asking how the design should be that is truly necessary for human kind in searching for a better way to live.


Kawasaki's design knows no limit.
He has designed cutleries, glasses, wheel chairs, computer hardware, CRT and LCD monitors, nuclear power systems, artificial organs and products in multi-dimensional space - among other things.
His design works were awarded a lot of the prizes and selected for the permanent collections of the art museums in the world.


In recent years, he has worked resolutely, as a researcher and an educator, to integrate science, technology, medicine and art comprehensively.

Chairman of juror for the Japan Good Design Award in 2001-2003.

His solo exhibition," artificial heart " was presented at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan in 2006.

Chairman of International Design Competition 2007
He was selected in "100 Japanese respected by the WORLD" of NEWSWEEK JAPAN.
Now he is leading Peace Keeping Design (PKD) project that aims the world peace by the power of design.


Major Awards and Achievements
Mainichi Design Award
Kunii Kitaro Memorial Industrial Crafts Award
bio13 Gold Medal
bio13 ICSID Design Excellence Award
iF Award for Good Industrial Design Best of Category
Red Dot Award
The Grand Prix & Millennium Prize of SILMO in France
Japan Good Design Award Gold Prize


Permanent corrections
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Design Center Stuttgart
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art


Mac the Sketch (Macintosh Computer Presentation) / AXIS Gallery
Design Exhibition For Normalization / INAX showroom NAGOYA
91 Objects by 91 Designers / Gallery’91 (New York)
artificial heart : Kazuo Kawasaki / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Imagine! - Going Beyond the Body's Limit - / Montréal Science Centre

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