Shunji Yamanaka
Design Engineer / Professor, the University of Tokyo. After graduating from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tokyo in 1982, he joined Nissan Motors Design Center. In 1987 he started practice as an independent freelance designer, going on to found Leading Edge Design in 1994. Served as a professor at Keio University from 2008 to 2012. He has been a professor at the University of Tokyo since 2013. While designing a wide range of industrial products from wristwatches to railroad cars, he has been involved as an engineer in the fields of robotics and telecommunication technology. In 2004 he received Mainichi Design Awards, iF Good Design Awards (Germany), and many other Good Design Awards. His work Tagtype Garage Kit was chosen as one of the permanent collections by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2010. In recent years he has been studying a new relationship between human beings and materials, represented in his works Beautiful Prosthetic Legs and Humanoid Robots.