The 2018 Isamu Noguchi Award has been presented to Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa and American landscape designer Edwina von Gal. The award is issued annually to individuals whose body of work expresses a spirit of innovation, global consciousness, and a commitment to East/West cultural exchange like that of renowned designer Isamu Noguchi.
Fukasawa is known for his cutting-edge work as the head of the American industrial design firm Ideo in the ’90s before establishing his own firm Naoto Fukasawa Design in 2003. One of his most iconic works is the wall-mounted CD player for Japanese label Muji, which is known for its minimalist design ethos.
On the other hand, semi-retired Von Gal is known for her socially-responsible non-profit landscape design practice, Picture Perfect Project, through which she and her team actively promote healthy treatment of land, without chemicals.
Previous recipients of the award include Lord Norman Foster and Hiroshi Sugimoto (2014); Jasper Morrison and Yoshio Taniguchi (2015); Tadao Ando and Elyn Zimmerman (2016); and John Pawson and Hiroshi Senju (2017).
The award will be officially presented at the Noguchi Museum in New York during its annual benefit event on May 22.