• Sou Fujimoto

    Sou Fujimoto


    We’re faced with the challenge of finding new and original in any age. The wood material has many advantages in its original function and is also easy to process, so I think it’s perfect for this challenge. In this competition, we will ask for a proposal that utilizes not only wood but also different materials. Explore new possibilities of design yourself by wood that accepts various approaches flexibly. I’m looking forward to it.


    Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1971. After graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he founded Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. Beginning in 2005, Fujimoto won the Architectural Review Awards prize for emerging personalities in the world of architecture of three years in a row.
    2008 Japanese Institute of Architecture Grand Prize
    World Architectural Festival 2008 - Private House Category Winner (Final Wooden House)
    2009 Wallpaper Design Awards
    2010 Spotlight : The Rice Design Alliance Prize
    2011 “1st Prize” in International Competition for Waterfront Center in Belgrade, Serbia
    2011 “1st Prize” in International Competition for Taiwan Tower in Taichung, Taiwan
    ・Primitive Future
    ・When Architecture Is Born
    His architecture, which explores new forms and spaces between nature and artifacts, is expected to evolve further.

  • Masaaki Hiromura

    Masaaki Hiromura

    Graphic Designer

    "Tree" is a material that has always been close to the living environment while having universal value. In this International Furniture Design Competition Asahikawa, I expect the expression of new "tree", resonance with technology. My area of expertise is graphic design, but it would be nice to be able to communicate judgments and opinions beyond the domain.


    Born in Aichi prefecture, Japan in 1954. After working for Ikko Tanaka from 1977, he established his own practice in 1988. While his general focus is on graphic design, art direction and creative direction, he has done extensive work on signage systems, CI, VI for museums, educational and commercial facilities.
    He is the representative director of Japan Creative, where he strives to promote the contemporary significance of Japanese craftsmanship through collaborative projects between Japanese manufacturers and international designers. A guest professor at Tama Art University, and Kanazawa College of Art.
    Major involvements: The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Yokosuka Museum of Art, 9h nine hours, SUMIDA AQUARIUM, TOKYO STATION GALLERY, The National Taichung Theater, The Nagoya Castle Hommaru Palace, Sogo & Seibu, THE LOFT etc.
    Major awards: Mainichi Design Awards, KU/KAN Award, SDA Award, Good Design Award, etc.
    Publication: Space Graphysm (Rikuyosha), What Design Can Do, What Design Should Do (ADP), JI BORN (ADP), From Design To Design (ADP) etc.

  • Anne-Louise Sommer

    photographer Magnus Ekstrom

    Anne-Louise Sommer

    Museum director, adjunct professor Design museum Denmark

    IFDA is one of the most important furniture design competitions, and it’s a great honour for me, once again being part of the prestigious IFDA jury. When it comes to craftsmanship and a profound understanding of wood there are many similarities between Japan and Denmark.


    Anne-Louise Sommer lives and works in Copenhagen as the museum director of Designmuseum Danmark since 2011. Furthermore, she is an adjunct professor in design culture and design history at University of Southern Denmark.
    She was born in 1961 and received a MA by research in comparative literature from the University of Copenhagen. This was followed by a long academic career, where she has held positions at several of the Danish universities within the departments of art history focusing at design history, furniture design, architectural history and landscape design. From 2004-2011 she worked at The Royal Danish Academy School of Design, from 2009 as the rector. Anne-Louise Sommer has published extensively (including books, monographs and scientific articles) within the field.

  • Tucker Viemeister

    Tucker Viemeister

    Industrial Designer

    Good design is a conversation: designer with the material and with production methods, the user with comfort, the form with function. Competitions like this demonstrate good design so everyone can bring good design into their own lives.


    Tucker Viemeister is most famous for OXO Good Grips kitchen tools that conceived “universal design” designed at Smart Design, the company he helped found in 1979. He thrives on collaboration and working in all scales of 3D and 2D in exhibits, architecture, graphics, new media, branding and strategy. He is working with architect Henry Myerberg on the Narxoz University in Kazakhstan. He founded David Rockwell’s LAB, directed the interactive introduction experience for the Venice Biennale. Director, Special Projects with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, developed innovative concepts for the Smithsonian Institution with Thinc, and the Shanghai planetarium with Xenerio. Teaches at Parsons School of Design, is vice president of the Architectural League, a Fellow of the Industrial Design Society of America, his work is in MoMA, holds 32 US utility patents and was named after a car.

  • Michael Young

    Michael Young

    Product Designer

    I am very honored to be working with the Asahikawa furniture industry – in a world driven by technology.
    It is important not to forget that we must live day to day with humble objects. Wood working craft helps us to connect with more spiritual ideologies and appreciate beautify created by the hand of artisans.
    These skills should be inherited thru generations to maintain industrial growth and by taking part in this event we can contribute to this course.


    ichael Young is an internationally renowned British designer who founded Michael Young Studio (MYS) in the UK in 1994. After working in the UK and Iceland for a decade, he was attracted to Asia for his passion for advanced manufacturing technology and opened a studio in Hong Kong in 2006.
    Today MYS Studio is recognised as one of the most exciting and powerful design companies in Asia. The studio focuses on exploring the unique technological potential to create contemporary designs that reflect the times, and constantly challenging the boundaries of experimental design.
    Michael Young is known in the industry as a complex minimalist. His elegant, exquisite and succinct design aesthetics are favoured by international awards, and his works are collected by prestigious museums and galleries, including Louvre Museum, The Centre Pompidou and Victoria & Albert Museum.