Dwell's 'Young Guns,' 2017

Daisuke Kitagawa, Tokyo
Education: Kanazawa College of Art

“I’m not designing products to be ‘new and fun,’ but products that I, or someone like me, will want to incorporate into their space,” says designer Daisuke Kitagawa. For his Floe table, planes of tinted glass top a stainless steel base. The glass sections can be rearranged, altering the dimensionality of the piece, like a tightly stacked Donald Judd sculpture. Kitagawa’s method is driven by observation. “First, I study the history and current situation of the product category,” he says, “and then I doubt them.” —ZS