Masanori Umeda is a Japanese designer. Born in Kanagawa. In 1962 he graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo. In 1967 he settled in Milan, worked in the design bureau Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. 1970 – 1979 worked at Olivetti under the direction of Ettore Sottsass. He was among the founders of the Memphis group in 1980. Masanori Umeda is the author of the famous items of the Memphis group – the Tawaraya Boxing Ring and the Ginza robot shelf. In 1983-93 нe was a jury member of the Japanese Good Design Award. In 1986 he founded his own bureau U-Metadesign in Japan (since 2001 Umeda Design Studio). In 1990-92. taught at the Kuwasawa Design School, 1991-98 as a design consultant for Fukui Prefecture. In the early 1990s, he designed several famous items for the Italian factory Edra.
Masanori Umeda is a winner of the Braun Prize (1968), the Japan Display Design Award (1981), the Japan Commercial Space Design Award (1984), IF ’87 (Germany), the Good Design Award, Japan (1990), the Japan Interior Association Award Designers (1991), Good Design Prize for Chicago Athenaeum Museum (1997), Grand Prize of the Gifu Urban Design Prize (2001), Kuwasawa Special Prize (2015).
Masanori Umeda’s works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museu, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Montreal, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto and the Saitama Museum of Modern Art (Japan ), MAK Museum (Vienna), Nürnberg Kunsthalle, The Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Design Center in Seoul, Musashino Art University in Tokyo, M + Museum in Hong Kong.