Kazuhiro Yamanaka

Born in Tokyo in 1971. Kazuhiro Yamanaka graduated from Royal College of Art (London) in 1997.
He participates in different aspects of design: from piece furniture design to lighting design, casino design and Installation. Current client list includes Pallucco, Boffi, Ingo Maurer, Saazs, Alessi and Museums worldwide.
Awarded many prizes including Winner, Design Report Award 2004 (Milan). His creation belongs to a collection of MoMA(New York). He has also realised lighting installations at Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Collette(Paris), Designboom, Laforet Museum (Tokyo), Hangaram Design Museum (Seoul) etc. Kazuhiro Yamanaka has been featured worldwide in the following publications: Abitare, Casa Abitare, Design Diffusion News, Esquire, Domus, Elle Decor, Interni, Intramuros, md, Metropolitan Home, The New York Times, Ottagono, Vogue, Wallpaper*. He has also judged at many international design competitions such as HKDA Design Awards 2009 and designboom International Design Competitions.
He has now engaged in designing lighting fixtures, furniture, products for small and big companies all over the world.

1971-----------------------Born in Tokyo
1992-1995----------------Musashino Art University, Tokyo, BA in Interior Design
1995-1997----------------Royal College of Art, London, MA in Furniture Design
1997- ----------------------Set up own studio "kazuhiroyamanakaoffice" in London
2014- present------------Appointed as a professor at Musashino Art University, Tokyo

2018- presen ------------"kazuhiroyamanakaoffice"has moved to Japan
2021- present -----------Appointed as a guest professor at China Academy of Art, Shanghai
2022----------------------- Visiting Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London


1998------------------------Crafts Council Bursary Award, London
1999------------------------Finalist, Blueprint / 100%Design Award, London
2000------------------------Finalist, Blueprint / 100%Design Award, London
2001------------------------Finalist, Design Report Awrad, Milan
2004------------------------Winner, Design Report Awrad, Milan /
-------------------------------Runner-up, Best Product of the Year, Cloudy Night, "Raum und Wohnen", Switzerland
2008------------------------Best Bookshelf 2008, Ledge, Elle Decoration, UK
2018------------------------Winner, NYC x Deaign Award, New York, USA
2022------------------------Winner, Global Water Drinks Award 2022, Bottle and Label Design category, France
2022------------------------Winner, Beverage Digest Award 2022, Best Package and Label Design Category, USA

Permanent Collection

MoMA (New York)
Alessi Museum (Italy)
Power Station of Art (Shanghai, China)


Pallucco Italia (Italy), Ligne Roset (France), Boffi (Italy), Ingo Maurer (Germany), Alessi (Italy), Saazs (France),
Colette (France), Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Motsubishi Estate Residence(Japan) etc.


1997 -----------------------Summer Show, Royal College of Art, London
1998 -----------------------Bare, Opoto Bar, London
1998 -----------------------100%Design, Earls Court 2, London
-----------------------100%Design, Earls Court 2, London / Ambiante, Messe, Frankfurt
2000 -----------------------Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile, Milan / 100%Design, Earls Court 2, London
2001 -----------------------Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile, Milan
2002 -----------------------Skin, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York / Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile, Milan /
-------------------------------Contemporary Decorative Arts, Sotheby's, London
2003------------------------Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile, Milan / Lighting installation, Colette, Paris
2004------------------------Brilliant, Victoria and Albert Museum, London / Salone del Mobile, Milan /
-------------------------------Twinkle Twinkle, Laforet Museum, Tokyo /
-------------------------------Building & Lighting, Frankfurt
2005------------------------Brilliant, The Lighting Show, Birmingham, UK / Twinkle Twinkle, Moscow /
-------------------------------Twinkle Twinkle, Turkey / Brilliant, National Glass Museum, Sunderland, UK
2006------------------------Twinkle Twinkle, Design centre, Bamsley, UK
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2007------------------------All light, All right, Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul, Korea
2008------------------------Salone del Mobile, Milan / Round About, Heard Gallery, London
-------------------------------Seoul Design Olympiad 2008, Jamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul
2009------------------------Asia Jewellery Design Invitational Exibition, Hong Kong Convention Centre, Grand Foyer, Hong Kong /
-------------------------------100%Design, Earls Court 2, London
-------------------------------Reading by Light, H Gallery, The CIVIC, Barnsley, UK
2011------------------------Salone del Mobile, Milan, ITALY / CharityBox for Japan, Milan, ITALY
-------------------------------Dwell on Design, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA
2012------------------------Fuori Salone, Milan, ITALY /
-------------------------------Sound Cloud, Installation, Glass House, Paris
-------------------------------Usomano Project, NOPX Gallery, Torino, ITALY
2013------------------------Salone del Mobile, Milan
2017------------------------Salone del Mobile, Milan
2017------------------------Solo Exhibition "Visible X Invisible", Power Station of Art, Shanghai China

2018----------------------Maison et Objet, Paris, imm furniture fair, Cologne
2021------------------------"kuradashi" Exhibition, Designart Tokyo 2021, World building, Tokyo
2021------------------------"The Waste Refinery" National Design Centre, Singapore


2004 -----------------------Designboon / 100%design Tile design Competition (London)
2007 -----------------------Designboom Radiator Design Competition (Milan)
2009 -----------------------HKDA Asia Design Award (Hong Kong) etc.