Future 50: Takram Design Engineering 01.08.13

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Founded in 2006 by Kinya Tagawa and Motohide Hatanaka, Takram has made a name for itself at the futuristic border of high-tech design and installation art. Its very name means "to plot for the future" in Japanese. The firm has created conceptual designs for an impressive roster of clients – Toyota, Sony and Panasonic among them. It recently created an interactive navigation system for a Toyota concept car, and is working on a smartphone interface. It also created an installation at Kassel's dOCUMENTA(13) – a series of prosthetics that might conserve water in an imagined post-apocalyptic future. "What inspires us are those everyday things that just by projecting a little in the future, we may see an outline of extraordinary enrichment of life," explains Takram's Kaz Yoneda, "We aspire to occupy neither the saturated tradition of the past nor the naive futurism apt for its inevitable downfall, but a new and real vision of the near future, based on the technology of the present."

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