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Keiji Takeuchi was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and spent most of his youth in New Zealand. He also made a scholarship study at ENSCI/ Les Ateliers in Paris, France. After completing a bachelor’s degree in product design in New Zealand, he returned to Japan, where he worked for Naoto Fukasawa. In 2012, he moved to Milan and established his own design office in 2015. Elle Decor Japan awarded him the Japanese Young Talent Award the following year.

Takeuchi’s life approach is highly international, and his vision for design naturally reflects his multicultural personality. He can see things from diverse angles, and his way of approaching design emphasises the essentiality of things, where he finds his way to improve the nature of products in the simplest yet most human way. Furthermore, his design creates a spontaneous dialogue between objects and our daily lives. His approach to design is borderless and appreciated by diverse brands in different fields. Today, he collaborates with many well-regarded brands in various countries and continents, such as Millerknoll in the US, Fredericia in Denmark, Nine in the UK, Boffi De Padova in Italy, Art directing a brand aru, and collaborating with Karimoku in Japan, to name a few. He also participated in the “Social seating”, an open-air project during the 1st Fiskars Art and Design Biennale 2019. He exhibited his work in the “Stars of Today” show at the Superstudio during Salone del Mobile 2023. During the Milan Design Week 2024, he orchestrated the “Walking Sticks & canes” exhibition at Triennale Milano. It was Takeuchi’s first curation show, which he conceived and staged.

Educational activities:
  • 2022-2023 External lecturer at NABA in Milan, Italy.
  • 2021 Jury member for the master product design program at ECAL in Switzerland.
  • 2020 Design talk at Milano Triennale
  • 2019 Design workshop for bachelor in product design, Lasalle College of the Art, Singapore
  • 2019 Jury member for Singapore Design Award
  • 2018 Jury member for Singapore Design Award
  • 2018 Jury member for the master product design program at ECAL in Switzerland.
  • 2018 Jury member for Identity Design Award in Dubai.
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