Early in 2009, Gordon began filing updates on Japanese design stars and unsung talents from Japan. His stories have included D&AD Gold Award-winning designer Naoto Fukasawa, and interiors maven Chikara Ohno and a solar-powered truck that is delivering much needed fresh water to some of the driest places in the world.

I.D. January/February 2008

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Chikara Ohno

Hironao Tsuboi

I.D. March/April 2009

Taking Charge

The new generation of electric bikes

I.D. November/December 2009

Product Placement

A Japanese exhibition looks at Naoto Fukasawa’s work in context


10-Unit System

Shigeru Ban for Artek