Keiji Takeuchi is a designer who derives his inspiration from purpose. We had the chance to talk to this unique global design talent at the Herman Miller offices in Dubai, where he walked us through his thought process, and how simplicity defines his style.
Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Keiji Takeuchi is a true global designer, who has traveled the world, experimenting and creating unique masterpieces. He spent much of his youth in New Zealand, and later on in Paris, where his talent was awarded with a scholarship to the prestigious École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, or ENSCI–Les Ateliersit, the first and only French national institute dedicated to advanced studies in design.
“As a designer, I do not like to be labeled a minimalist. I use simplicity as a way of adding sophistication to elements, and like to highlight the essence and strength of a material” – Keiji Takeuchi
His impressive portfolio of work boasts collaborations with brands like Boffi, De Padova, Living Divania and more. However, it was while working on independent projects with Geiger, that Keiji was introduced to Herman Miller, and from there began a design journey that culminated with the birth of the Leeway series.