Design Units


Takuya Hotta (Japan)
CEO of Culture Generation Japan Co., ltd / T.C.I. Laboratory, LLC.

Takuya Hotta is a founder and CEO of Culture Genration Japan Co., ltd. MBA is Monaco University.
The company provides a business consulting for manufactures who wants their local products to global market. Funding, Business development, Brand development, assists them in each phases. CGJ has experienced many government projects and accomplished a great success to introduce Japanese brands to global, especialiy European market.

International Designers

Elisabeth Vidal (France)

Elisabeth graduated at the Ecole Supérieure de Design Industriel in Paris and received a Master's Degree at Domus Academy in Milan in 1990. First teaching assistant, she started her designer profession in 1993 in Netherlands, with projects related to agriculture.
Back in Milan in 1994, she worked for Susani&Trimarchi and for Isao Hosoe Design, on projects related to office furniture, travelling interiors and tableware.
In 1998 she created her own studio in Milan, specialized in the design of objects and retail context, collaborating with companies from Italy and abroad. In 2012, she sets up her business in Montpellier, her native city, in southern France. Her work is characterized by the gentleness of form, the studies of gestures and their innovation, the rigor of detail.

Wolf Wagner (Germany)
Founder and managing Director of Studio Wagner:Design
Director of International Industry of the German Designer Club (DDC)
Member of German Japan Society (DJG)

Diplom Product Designer, studied Architecture and Industrial Design in Germany and UK; recipient of 42 awards including Good Design Chicago, IF, RED DOT and others; Wolf is DDC Director for International craft & industry, Member of iF Industrieforum / German Japan Society, founder of global:local where he is an ambassador for the bilateral dialogue between creative industry and handcraft/industry. Wolf has a good understanding of to Japanese culturedeveloped over many visits to Japan and close working relationships with a range of Japanese companies. Wolf's credo: I create the space between the things!


Portrait photo by Frank Blümler

Becca Abbe (U.S.A.)

Becca Abbe's design practice – based physically in New York City as CDXS & – radiates through diverse media-types that share a dedication to typography as a common feature. Highlighting a rigorous, systematic approach in even the most adventurous design concepts, Abbe's methodology serves to amplify the visual voices who form her client-base:artists, designers, creative directors, exhibition spaces, and other outré ocular communicators. Long staffed at A4 – the graphic design team at North American textile firm Maharam – Abbe has recently transitioned to independent work, with plans to co-found a creative agency forthcoming.

Matthew Waldman (U.S.A.)

Over 30 years of interdisciplinary design work has made Matthew Waldman one of the world's most respected designers. Matthew's “techno-optimistic” work is driven by his belief that technology enables universal communication.

He is best known for NOOKA, where he designed accessories and watches that reinvented how time was told, as well as creating award winning eco-friendly package design.

Before NOOKA, Matthew gained recognition as a pioneer in digital interactive and UX design, founding New York Zoom in 1997, building an award winning global team at Reuters in 2002, and with his interactive design studio, Berrymatch.

Matthew has spoken at CES, the Chief Innovation Officer Summit, and the PSFK Conference; and taught at the Parsons' School of Design and the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Museum and does workshops at universities and conferences globally.