Yamanaka: A Free Design Spirit

Work for corporate clients is steady, but Japan's acclaimed designer Shunji Yamanaka remains devoted to nonprofit projects -- like robot prototypes

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It's a Sunday in late May, and Shunji Yamanaka is seated behind a large desk at a Tokyo gallery. None of the visitors seems to notice him, as they inch their way through the collection of photos and product samples. But it's not so easy to ignore the range and imaginative qualities of Yamanaka's work, which has earned him a reputation as one of Japan's premier designers.

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