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Part 5 of a Dialogue with Satoru Miyata – What a Product Ought to Be

5/17/2016 Dialogue with Satoru Miyata Eriko Fujitani 11 min read

–Today I’d like to ask Mr. Miyata about what he thinks of D-BROS products. Basically, as products that manufacturers send out into the world, there is a very wide range in the way design is expressed in these products, but in a sense, as designers, (the products that we design) should have distinct characteristics. For example, we can make clothes, or furniture, or tableware. The…

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Part 4 of a Dialogue with Satoru Miyata – Taking a Look Back at KYOTO Design Lab’s Past Year

3/3/2016 Dialogue with Satoru Miyata Eriko Fujitani 13 min read

Mr. Satoru Miyata has served as the head of Kyoto Institute of Technology’s KYOTO Design Lab (hereafter referred to as “D-lab”) since July 2014. Working on identifying social issues and solving them, D-lab was established under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in its efforts to enhance the functions and improve the quality of national universities. It has been…

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Part 3 of A Dialogue with Satoru Miyata (Second Half), with Two Guests from KIGI (Ryosuke Uehara and Yoshie Watanabe)

1/8/2016 Dialogue with Satoru Miyata Eriko Fujitani 14 min read

This is the latter half of the dialogue between Mr. Satoru Miyata and Mr. Ryosuke Uehara and Ms. Yoshie Watanabe of KIGI who are also art directors at D-BROS. In the first half of the dialogue, Mr. Ryosuke Uehara and Ms. Yoshie Watanabe excitedly recounted stories from their days at DRAFT. In this latter half, I asked them about their KIGI endeavors. >>Part 3 of…

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Part 3 of A Dialogue with Satoru Miyata (First Half), with Two Guests from KIGI (Ryosuke Uehara and Yoshie Watanabe)

12/18/2015 Dialogue with Satoru Miyata Eriko Fujitani 13 min read

For this part of the dialogue, we’ve invited DRAFT alumni Ryosuke Uehara and Yoshie Watanabe who established KIGI two years ago. The dialogue occurred on April 1st when the cherry trees were still in full bloom. After entering the room, a commemorative photo of the cherry trees was first taken. Ms. Watanabe mentioned that the cherry blossoms were the best ever; and Mr. Miyata said,…

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Part 2 of A Dialogue with Satoru Miyata: “Everything Else is Trivial After my Encounter with Trees.”

12/4/2015 Dialogue with Satoru Miyata Eriko Fujitani 15 min read

–You have a lot of projects now that are about “food.” Are you attracted to this subject? “I’m not sure if you can call it being attracted to it…maybe I’m unintentionally attracted to it.” –Were you originally particular about food since you were young? “No (laughs). But I’ve become more familiar with it since I started working on Kirin Beverage’s “Sekai no Kitchen Kara”* Before…

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Part 1 of A Dialogue with Satoru Miyata: Preparation is Courage

11/17/2015 Dialogue with Satoru Miyata Eriko Fujitani 10 min read

–Truthfully speaking, for the first part of our dialogue, I would like to know what your interests are. I was wondering what pinpoint answer Mr. Miyata as a workaholic would give when asked “What are you most interested in / concerned with? “That would be managing the work that I am doing now in an orderly fashion.” –That work would be the work from a…