The Tokyo based designer, Keiji Ashizawa graduated from Yokohama University School of Architecture in 1995. After graduating, Keiji Ashizawa spent the first ten years of his career working as an architect and steel fabricator. The unique skills and experience gained throughout these early years, including a valued understanding of metals, continue to influence his approach to design. Keiji Ashizawa creates an 'honest' design, simple yet refined and thoughtful design. His thoughts on design is to maximize the potential of each material and its function. His furniture and lighting have been exhibited internationally since 2001.