THE AWARD
CATEGORIES
REGISTRATION
SUBMIT YOUR WORK
ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
TERMS & CONDITIONS
PUBLICATIONS
DATES & FEES
METHODOLOGY
CONTACT
WINNERS
PRESS ROOM
GET INVOLVED
DESIGN PRIZE
DESIGN STORE
 
THE AWARD | JURY | CATEGORIES | REGISTRATION | PRESS | WINNERS | PUBLICATIONS | ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

Interview with Kimio Fukutani

Home > Designer Interviews > Kimio Fukutani

Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Kimio Fukutani (KF) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Kimio Fukutani by clicking here.

Interview with Kimio Fukutani at Tuesday 10th of May 2022
Kimio Fukutani
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
KF: I loved fashion in general, and while working for a jewelry brand in London, England, I taught myself how to make jewelry, started my own brand, and started making jewelry.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
KF: We have our own jewelry brand HELICAL CHORD in the fashion city of Tokyo, Omotesando. There is also a cafe so that customers can relax and enjoy shopping.

FS: What is "design" for you?
KF: Story, expression, balance, beauty.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
KF: A work with a deep story in the product.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
KF: Pop art such as Andy Warhol created an era with new techniques.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
KF: Jewelry mainly based on the logo mark of our own brand HELICAL CHORD.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
KF: Highly durable material (platinum, gold) so that it can be passed down to future generations

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
KF: When an original design that is unique is completed.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
KF: Beautiful design from any angle when worn, jewelry production that does not mislead every detail.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
KF: Excitement and exhilaration

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
KF: Jewelry I designed is in the hands of people, What kind of happiness will it bring? What kind of memories can you make? It makes me happy and happy to think that I can make happy memories for people through jewelry.

FS: What makes a design successful?
KF: Pursue for perfection in every detail.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
KF: Can you explain why this product was made, rather than just judging by how good it looks?

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
KF: Instead of changing the jewelry you really like, keep wearing it.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
KF: I think that the number of virtual space designs such as Metaverse and NFT will increase.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
KF: When the Omotesando store in Tokyo is completed

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
KF: It is based on my own experiences, things I saw, and things I felt beautiful in my life.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
KF: If it's something to wear, I want you to wear it with some feelings and meanings. It becomes a part of the person's body and becomes a talisman.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
KF: "I live in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese cultural heritage does not affect design, Expressions, phrases, and myths unique to Japan are very useful for design. Many Japanese brands have jewelry that resembles famous overseas jewelry brands. Wearing well-known brand jewelry is a status, and you tend to buy jewelry by brand rather than design. It's difficult to get a new brand accepted, but I'm thinking about designing every day so that my brand can open a hole in such a culture. "

FS: How do you work with companies?
KF: Product development and design are left to us.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
KF: How convinced are you facing your design? It's easy to quit, so I think it's a demand to determine if you have the power to get it done.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
KF: Think from the design concept and story, and create a design that matches it.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
KF: Jewelry( I designed), lights, speakers, cameras, furniture

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
KF: I'm always looking for new discoveries.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
KF: Do not give up and keep doing

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
KF: Good point: Your creation is evaluated. Bad points: If you don't get results, you won't be interested.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
KF: Keep doing what you want to create & express.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
KF: eep doing what you want to create & express.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
KF: Illustrator, Photoshop

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
KF: Decide on a deadline and immerse yourself in it.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
KF: Half a year ~

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
KF: Where do you get your inspiration?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
KF: London jewelry brand that worked for the first time.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
KF: Ordinary people.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
KF: HELICAL CHORD means the tone of emotions emitted by a person. The H in the middle is HUMAN and the C on both sides is CHORD. I made a logo mark by combining these two. I like the logo mark design with such a feeling.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
KF: I made a logo mark by combining these two. I like the logo mark design with such a feeling.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
KF: I design jewelries by myself

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
KF: I won two bids for Australian Argyle Pink Diamond Tender, so Make high jewelry using the pink diamonds.

FS: How can people contact you?
KF: Contact the jewelry concierge located in the store

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
KF: Nothing special


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

A’ Design Award and Competitions grants rights to press members and bloggers to use parts of this interview. This interview is provided as it is; DesignPRWire and A' Design Award and Competitions cannot be held responsible for the answers given by participating designers.


Press Members: Register and login to request a custom interview with Kimio Fukutani.
SOCIAL
+ Add to Likes / Favorites | Send to My Email | Submit Comment | Comment | Testimonials
 
design award logo

BENEFITS
THE DESIGN PRIZE
WINNERS SERVICES
PR CAMPAIGN
PRESS RELEASE
MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
AWARD TROPHY
AWARD CERTIFICATE
AWARD WINNER LOGO
PRIME DESIGN MARK
BUY & SELL DESIGN
DESIGN BUSINESS NETWORK
AWARD SUPPLEMENT

METHODOLOGY
DESIGN AWARD JURY
PRELIMINARY SCORE
VOTING SYSTEM
EVALUATION CRITERIA
METHODOLOGY
BENEFITS FOR WINNERS
PRIVACY POLICY
ELIGIBILITY
FEEDBACK
WINNERS' MANUAL
PROOF OF CREATION
WINNER KIT CONTENTS
FAIR JUDGING
AWARD YEARBOOK
AWARD GALA NIGHT
AWARD EXHIBITION

MAKING AN ENTRY
ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS
REGISTRATION
ALL CATEGORIES

FEES & DATES
FURTHER FEES POLICY
MAKING A PAYMENT
PAYMENT METHODS
DATES & FEES

TRENDS & REPORTS
DESIGN TRENDS
DESIGNER REPORTS
DESIGNER PROFILES
DESIGN INTERVIEWS

ABOUT
THE AWARD
AWARD IN NUMBERS
HOMEPAGE
AWARD WINNING DESIGNS
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
MUSEUM OF DESIGN
PRIME CLUBS
SITEMAP
RESOURCE

RANKINGS
DESIGNER RANKINGS
WORLD DESIGN RANKINGS
DESIGN CLASSIFICATIONS
POPULAR DESIGNERS

CORPORATE
GET INVOLVED
SPONSOR AN AWARD
BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS
IMPRESSUM IMPRINT

PRESS
DOWNLOADS
PRESS-KITS
PRESS PORTAL
LIST OF WINNERS
PUBLICATIONS
RANKINGS
CALL FOR ENTRIES
RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

CONTACT US
CONTACT US
GET SUPPORT

Good design deserves great recognition.
A' Design Award & Competition.