“Universality was the concept and starting point of HIBI. Things come to hold a certain value when they become part of our daily life, as they are used each day and simply by ‘being there’ through the years. A source of inspiration for the glass was the goblet from medieval Europe. I imagined something that can be gripped firmly. The medieval goblet looks casual and elegant at the same time, and the gentle lines of the cup would fit comfortably in the hand. In order to reach the final design, I worked on giving originality as a KINTO product and took into consideration the boundary between everyday and extraordinary table scenes. The form was carefully refined through subtle adjustments. When a person and a product truly become one, it is pleasant and even sensual. I hope that people not only look at the product but take it in their hands to experience it.”
Established ‘a studio’ in 2005 in London, UK. His design works include consumer products, furniture, lighting, electronics and audio equipments as well as spatial design for shops, restaurants, and exhibitions. Since 2016, he is taking the professorship at Hosei University, Faculty of Engineering and Design, in Japan.