Kimio Fukutani

Specialized in Jewelry Design.

Kimio Fukutani

About Kimio Fukutani

He derives the answer from his experience A person who thinks about things with the feelings of others. We do not enter from denial, but flexibly take in people's opinions, A person who is very particular about everything and runs with all his might once he decides.

  • Winner of the A' Design Award.
  • Specialized in Jewelry Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Jewelry
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Interview with Kimio Fukutani

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I loved fashion in general, and while working for a jewelry brand in London, England, I taught myself how to make jewelry, started my own brand, and started making jewelry.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
We have our own jewelry brand HELICAL CHORD in the fashion city of Tokyo, Omotesando. There is also a cafe so that customers can relax and enjoy shopping.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
Jewelry mainly based on the logo mark of our own brand HELICAL CHORD.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Highly durable material (platinum, gold) so that it can be passed down to future generations
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
Beautiful design from any angle when worn, jewelry production that does not mislead every detail.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Jewelry I designed is in the hands of people, What kind of happiness will it bring? What kind of memories can you make? It makes me happy and happy to think that I can make happy memories for people through jewelry.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Can you explain why this product was made, rather than just judging by how good it looks?
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Instead of changing the jewelry you really like, keep wearing it.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
I think that the number of virtual space designs such as Metaverse and NFT will increase.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
It is based on my own experiences, things I saw, and things I felt beautiful in my life.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
If it's something to wear, I want you to wear it with some feelings and meanings. It becomes a part of the person's body and becomes a talisman.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
"I live in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese cultural heritage does not affect design, Expressions, phrases, and myths unique to Japan are very useful for design. Many Japanese brands have jewelry that resembles famous overseas jewelry brands. Wearing well-known brand jewelry is a status, and you tend to buy jewelry by brand rather than design. It's difficult to get a new brand accepted, but I'm thinking about designing every day so that my brand can open a hole in such a culture. "
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
How convinced are you facing your design? It's easy to quit, so I think it's a demand to determine if you have the power to get it done.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
Think from the design concept and story, and create a design that matches it.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Good point: Your creation is evaluated. Bad points: If you don't get results, you won't be interested.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
HELICAL CHORD means the tone of emotions emitted by a person. The H in the middle is HUMAN and the C on both sides is CHORD. I made a logo mark by combining these two. I like the logo mark design with such a feeling.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I made a logo mark by combining these two. I like the logo mark design with such a feeling.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I won two bids for Australian Argyle Pink Diamond Tender, so Make high jewelry using the pink diamonds.

Designer of the Day Interview with Kimio Fukutani

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
It's been 20 years since I started designing jewelry. I started working at the jewelry studio THE GREAT FROG in London. He has been involved in jewelry for 20 years and has been favored by various Japanese artists and celebrities.
How did you become a designer?
When I first thought about my friend, designed jewelry and gave it to my friend, I was very pleased. I felt a sense of purpose in the work that can bring happiness to people with the jewelry I design.
What are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
When designing, think from the story, not from the shape. Calculate back from the story and design. The final design is balanced so that the beauty of the jewelry will stand out.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
I want people who wear the story of jewelry that I think of to sympathize with me and wear it for the rest of my life. How many memories can you make with your own jewelry? What kind of happiness can we deliver? Such Just thinking and designing will motivate you to think that you are a valuable person.
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
My mother, who liked antiques when she was young, has a big influence. I remember being surrounded by antique jewelry and furniture, albeit small
What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?
I want to continue making jewelry that is packed with my own concepts and stories. I was able to make a successful bid for two Argyle pink diamonds at the auction, so I want to try high jewelry using the special pink diamond
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
I think it's important to try to make things with thought and talk about the jewelry you designed. Beautiful, cool, and cute are the basics of jewelry design, and it is also important to try a design with originality that is different from humans.
You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
What kind of thought do you want to design and what kind of thought do you want to convey? It is important not to copy a good design, but to create your own design with hints.
What is your day to day look like?
There are many hints in everyday life. Even objects that are not related to jewelry can become jewelry. Since it is Instagram every day, it is useful for my own design while watching new techniques, designs, videos, etc. for jewelry making.
How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?
"Rather than follow the trends, stick to the jewelry you want to design yourself. If you follow the trend, the design will be similar or close to each other.
How do you know if a product or project is well designed? How do you define good design?
think that the design shows the humanity of the person. It's interesting because people aren't the same. Empathize with the person's thoughts and ideas and decide whether they are good or bad.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
There is no perfect design. I think other designers are the same, but even if you think you made a perfect one, there will always be parts that you want to start over later. But I think it's growth. Because I designed it, I can make better ones again.
What is your biggest design work?
I definitely tried this A design award. I have never participated in such a contest, so It was a challenge to see how my design would be conveyed to people.
Who is your favourite designer?
I am attracted to the designers who created the era in every field. I respect designers who make things that weren't common sense until now. Andy Warhol, the flag bearer of pop art, and Antoni Gaudi, the architect who designed the Sagrada Familia, which is still under construction. I envy the sense that even if I die, I can take over that intention.
Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
Since I lived in London, I visited most countries in Europe. Italy is one of my favorite countries. When I was young, I visited the city without knowing right or left, so when I became an adult, I slowly came into contact with historical buildings and other cultures. I think I can get a different inspiration.
Would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?
A person who walks together without blurring the goal that should be aimed at from the same perspective. If there is such a person, I can devote everything to my work without hiding it.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
If my experience is useful to others, I would like to develop new designers and participate in and contribute to events.
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
I think that design is evaluated only when people judge it. No matter how much I think it's okay, no one can tell. The value of design is created only when people recognize it. The experience of participating in the contest for the first time and being able to win the award on the front stage for the first time gave me confidence. It will also give you an opportunity to take on new challenges. I want to repeat this and grow as a designer.

Extended Interview with Kimio Fukutani

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I don't have a bachelor's degree in design. I started working at a jewelry workshop in London. After that, I learned by myself and became a designer. After that, I learned about diamonds under a jewelry polisher"
How did you become a designer?
This is because I can impress and make people happy with the jewelry I designed.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
Design jewelry. I also want to take on the challenge of designing luxury fashion items by making use of other jewelry materials.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Design without compromise and without deception. It is important to be able to be proud of our customers.
What is your day to day look like?
If I have time, I want to design luxury jewelry items that blend in with street fashion.
How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?
First of all, we were able to open a boutique in the center of Tokyo, so we plan to expand into the United States by the end of this year.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
I think all the high jewelry brands in the world are beautiful and wonderful.
Who is your favourite designer?
"One wedding ring in the world that we make while talking to our customers. We think about the design from the story of the two of us, so we make it. Because you can feel the joy of our customers in a real way.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
"Design is a visible expression of the thoughts of others, From the beginning, it can be said that the answer to customers and an unspecified number of people is in the form, and in the case of design, it is premised that everyone can intuitively understand the answer. "

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