DFA AWARDS announce three groundbreaking winners
Head of the Hong Kong Design Center Prof. ‘Design can help humanity solve problems, foster social change and appreciate the beauty of life,’ says Eric Yim. The Asian nonprofit announcing the winners of the DFA Prize Platform, citing evidence of its mission to foster design and the wider and strategic use of design thinking. In 2022, on the platform’s 20th Anniversary, DFA highlights three pioneers with distinguished philosophies that unleash design, culture and art. fashionsummarizes the contribution of effective design in Asia and around the world. These include Katsumi Asaba, Founder of Katsumi ASABA Design Studio; Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. Muneaki Masuda, President and CEO; and Guo Pei, Founder of Rose Studio.
(above) Gorgeous Gold Dress by Guo Pei | Courtesy of the Museum of Asian Civilizations
(poster) Muneaki Masuda’s Tsutaya Books in Ginza
all images courtesy of the Hong Kong Design Center
katsumi asaba, muneaki masuda, and guo pei receive awards
DFA Awards It is a stage that underlines the role of designers in society while celebrating design leadership through the following categories: Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA LAA); Design Leadership Award (DFA DLA); and World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer (DFA WOCD). Alongside these sections, the DFA Awards also present the DFA Asia Awards for Design (DFA DFAA), which aims to recognize projects that epitomize design excellence in Asia and contribute to the betterment of society and the design industry.
Through the influential world-renowned categories mentioned above, the DFA Awards 2022 announces results. Among them are Katsumi Asaba, winner of the DFA Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA LAA); Muneaki Masuda, winner of the DFA Design Leadership Award (DFA DLA); and Guo Pei, winner of the DFA World Outstanding Chinese Designer of the World (DFA WOCD).
Poster ‘BAUHAUS’, 2015 by Katsumi Asaba | Katsumi Asaba Design Studio’s photo
Katsumi Asaba – Founder, Katsumi ASABA Design Studio, winner of the DFA Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA LAA)
Katsumi Asaba He is a Japanese designer born in 1940. His passion and interest in the rich history behind Asian script and visual expression has led him to become the Founder of Katsumi ASABA Design Studio, where he will leave a lasting mark on Japanese advertising design history. DFA LAA 2022 sees its achievements as a legendary designer in various fields.
‘Typography in Asia’ Exhibition, 1990 | Katsumi Asaba Design Studio’s photo
Tsutaya Books in Ginza by Muneaki Masuda
Muneaki MasudaThe President and CEO of Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd was born in 1951 in Osaka, Japan. With its eyes set on the record for the world’s largest art bookstore, Masuda is committed to planning shared lounges that facilitate the exchange of ideas between individuals through cozy spaces, book recommendations and office functionality. DFA DLA 2022 recognizes the designer’s outstanding leadership not only in his own ‘cultural infrastructure’ company, but also in pioneering new design trends of public spaces and cultural facilities.
Muneaki Masuda – President and CEO of Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd., recognized for outstanding new design ideas for cultural spaces and awarded the DFA Design Leadership Award (DFA DLA).