Born in Tokyo in 1971. Kazuhiro Yamanaka graduated in Interior Design at Musashino Art University, Tokyo (1992-95 BA (Des.)) and The Royal College of Art for Postgraduate studies (1995-97 MA (Des.) RCA).
He participates in different aspects of design: from piece furniture design to lighting design and Installation. Current client list includes Pallucco, Boffi, Ingo Maurer, Saazs, Alessi and Museums worldwide. Awarded many prizes including Winner, Design Report Award 2004 (Milan). His creation belongs to a collection of MoMA(New York), Power Station Of Art(Shanghai). He has also realised lighting installations at Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Collette(Paris), Designboom, Laforet Museum (Tokyo), Hangaram Design Museum (Seoul) etc. Kazuhiro Yamanaka has been featured worldwide in the prestigious design/art publications. He has also judged at many international design competitions such as HKDA Design Awards 2009 and designboom International Design Competitions. His first major solo exhibition was realized in Power Station of Art (Shanghai) in 2017.
“Designers should contemplate the void that surrounds objects, the space between objects, and the relation between those objects. I believe furniture - chairs, tables, lights etc. - could be like a constellation of stars, and we could make lines to connect them three-dimensionally and thereby construct a specific story, As a designer, I believe it is a task to create the stories. To realize the concept effectively, I try to create a maximum impact with minimum use of material. “