Yuta Takahashi Interview
Inspired by the mountains of rural Japan, Yuta Takahashi channels a minimalist approach in his designs. Ultimately, Takahashi seeks to create an atmosphere of simplicity and surrender.
Who are you?
What do you do?
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a small town in Shikoku, Japan. To the south of the town, there are the Shikoku mountains. To the north of the town, there is the Seto Inland Sea which is a calm inland sea surrounded by Shikoku and Honshu.
I learned about elegance and the simplicity of nature in these places. I think it influenced my present style.
When did you take your first big risk in life?
Why have you persisted with the path you’re currently on?
I have loved making things since I was little. I took my creativity for granted until I was in grade school. One day, I tried to make a motorcycle with corrugated paper but I didn’t know the structure of the engine.
I was very shocked to know that there were things I couldn’t make. Anyway, I think only of design and making things. Therefore, I was never hesitant about my current path.
Who are a few people in your field that have influenced you?
I’m influenced by the design team behind Apple because they design with function in mind. As I mentioned in the second question, I grew up in a small town.
When I was nineteen, I moved to Tokyo and I was amazed by everything there. Everything is sold at a bargain in the hustle and bustle of the city.
However, living there is too uncomfortable and stifling for me. I wanted to design with simplicity and silence. In this respect, my past environment also influenced myself.