Textile Designer Katsuji Wakisaka
Wakisaka started his international career as the first Japanese designer to work for the Finnish textile company Marimekko in 1968. Surrounded by the beautiful nature of Finland, he developed an aesthetic for organic shapes and bold colors.
After coming back to Japan in the 1980's, he started SOU・SOU alongside producer Takeyuki Wakabayashi and architect Hisanobu Tsujimura.
These days, Wakisaka begins his day with a walk and takes inspiration from the landscape of his hometown, Kyoto. After returning to his studio, he paints everything from seasonal changes in nature to traditional Japanese patterns. Many of Wakisaka's textile designs for SOU・SOU begin as postcards, which serve as initial drafts for his designs, and he mails each one to his wife.