Charles Tsunashima | 纲岛·查尔斯


Charles TSUNASHIMA is a multicultural, cross disciplinary designer based in Tokyo, Japan, delivering products to a global clientele with a conceptualization to fabrication, hands-on approach to design. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1974 to a French mother and a Japanese father, Charles was raised immersed in an international environment from a young age. Charles has lived and worked in 4 countries spanning 3 continents and juggles English, Japanese, French and Italian seamlessly. Inspired by the refinement of his mother’s handmade paramedical insole occupation, Charles developed a lifelong appreciation for craftsmanship and sensitivity to materials. This interest lead him to his formative years at Rhode Island School of Design where he developed a dedication for perfection, refinement and detail. Charles has since worked for establishments such as Issey Miyake and Knoll, aquiring global design standards in quality, professionalism and uniqueness. He pursues innovative, environmentally conscious, timeless designs bridging generations while addressing the influence of furniture on people’s intimate environment, bringing them comfort, definition and happiness. Education 2000 Rhode Island School of Design -Masters of Fine Arts (Textiles) 1997 Rhode Island School of Design -Bachelor of Fine Arts (Industrial Design) 1993 St. Mary’s International School – International Baccalaureate (IB) Professional history 2006-Present Genereight Inc., Tokyo, Japan, Founder / Principal 2012 Tama Art University Instructor – Future Craft 2006-2007 Knoll Inc., Marketing Director – Japan 2004-2006 Freelance design Architectural designer, Tokyo, Japan Graphic/web designer, Milano, Italy 2001-2004 Issey Miyake Inc., Tokyo, Japan 2002-2004 HaaTH Design department – Design and design management 2001-2002 A-POC -Public Relations and project coordinator 2003 Kishibe Ballet Studio / Unit “Kimiho”, Tokyo Japan Vision of Energy costume design 2001 Kishibe Ballet Studio / Unit “Kimiho”, Tokyo Japan TCBY-Costume design 2000 Dakota Jackson Inc., New York, USA Furniture prototypes- Design and fabrication