First meeting as students at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, Hokuto Katsui (picture: right) and Nao Yagi (left) went on to establish mintdesigns in 2001. The team has been participating in the Tokyo Collection since 2003 Spring and Summer, and took part in the São Paolo Collection 2008 Spring and Summer. Main works include “to be someone” (Milan Design Week, TOKYO FIBER 2009) and, in 2011, “Happy Mistake/Pattern On Pattern” (individual work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei), and group works for Future Beauty: 30 years of Japanese Fashion (Barbican Art Gallery, London, and Haus der Kunst, München), and Feel and Think: A New Era of Tokyo Fashion (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery). The design duo has been recognized with such awards as the 7th Moët & Chandon New Designer’s Award in 2005 and the 28th Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix in 2010. Their creations are characterized by a confident use of colors and high-quality textiles with designs that are simple but playful. The team has been proposing clothing as one type of product design that can be used for many years.