Wataru Kumano (JP, 1980)
Residency period: March – June 2021
Kumano was a guest lecturer in the Bachelor Industrial Design and Master Product Design throughout the spring semester 2021. For his residency project, he examined the Swiss and Japanese artisanal woodwork techniques to conceptualise new shapes, at the intersection of nature, tradition and daily convenience.
Wataru Kumano is a Japanese product designer. After studying at Aalto University (FI), Kumano worked for Jasper Morrison’s Tokyo-based studio. He has now founded his own design office kumano. In 2021, he was nominated Associate Professor at Musashino Art University. His simple and functional designs are inspired by Finnish woodworking techniques as well as traditional Japanese craftsmanship.
La Becque Open Studios Spring 2021