The 2022 DFA Awards announce Asia’s most influential design winners

DFA AWARDs announce three groundbreaking winners

“Design can help humanity solve problems, promote social change and help us appreciate the beauty of life,” says Prof. Eric Yim, Chair of the Hong Kong Design Centre. The Asian non-governmental organization announces the winners of its DFA Award Platform, demonstrating its mission to promote a broader and more strategic use of design and design thinking. In 2022, for the platform’s 20th anniversary, DFA is highlighting three pioneers with outstanding philosophies that embrace the art of design, culture and… Fashion, which embodies the contribution of influential design in Asia and around the world. Among them are Katsumi Asaba, founder of Katsumi ASABA Design Studio; Muneaki Masuda, President and CEO of Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd; and Guo Pei, founder of Rose Studio.


(above) Magnificent golden dress by Guo Pei | Image courtesy of Asian Civilizations Museum

(Banner) Tsutaya Books in Ginza by Muneaki Masuda

all images courtesy of Hong Kong Design Center

Katsumi Asaba, Muneaki Masuda and Guo Pei receive their awards

DFA Awards is a stage that underpins the role of designers in society while celebrating design leadership in the following categories: Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA LAA); Design Leadership Award (DFA DLA); and World’s Outstanding Chinese Designers (DFA WOCD). Aside from these departments, DFA Awards also presents DFA Design for Asia Awards (DFA DFAA), which aim to recognize projects in Asia that embody design excellence and contribute to the betterment of society and the design industry.

Through the influential, world-renowned categories mentioned above, the 2022 DFA Awards will announce the results. Among them are Katsumi Asaba, winner of the DFA Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA LAA); Muneaki Masuda, winner of the DFA Design Leadership Award (DFA DLA); and Guo Pei, winner of DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer (DFA WOCD).

The 2022 DFA Awards announce Asia's most influential design winners
Poster ‘BAUHAUS’, 2015 by Katsumi Asaba | Photo by Katsumi Asaba Design Studio

The 2022 DFA Awards announce Asia's most influential design winners
Katsumi Asaba – Founder, Katsumi ASABA Design Studio, winner of the DFA Lifetime Achievement Award (DFA LAA)

Katsumi Asaba is a Japanese designer who was born in 1940. His passion and interest in the rich history of Asian writing and visual expression led him to found Katsumi ASABA Design Studio, through which he left a lasting mark on the history of Japanese advertising design. DFA LAA 2022 sees his achievements as a legendary designer in various fields.

The 2022 DFA Awards announce Asia's most influential design winners
Exhibition “Typography in Asia”, 1990 | Photo by Katsumi Asaba Design Studio

The 2022 DFA Awards announce Asia's most influential design winners
Tsutaya Books in Ginza by Muneaki Masuda

Muneaki Masuda, President and CEO of Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd, was born in 1951 in Osaka, Japan. With the record for the world’s largest art bookstore in mind, Masuda is committed to planning shared lounges that facilitate thought-sharing between individuals through cozy spaces, book recommendations, and office functions. DFA DLA 2022 recognizes the designer’s outstanding leadership not only in leading his company “cultural infrastructure”, but also in new design trends for public spaces and cultural institutions.

The 2022 DFA Awards announce Asia's most influential design winners
Muneaki Masuda – President and CEO Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. was recognized for its outstanding new design ideas for cultural spaces and was crowned the winner of the DFA Design Leadership Award (DFA DLA).

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