Katsuji Wakisaka was the first Japanese to work for the Finnish company Marimekko in 1968. The creative cultural influences are recognizable in the designs of him.
Wakisaka studied at the Arts University in Kyoto. His designs are characterized by playful, naïve and cartoon-like styles, which were part of the Japanese popular culture established long before. This style crosses borders between children's rooms and living rooms.
Despite of the Far East origin, Wakisaka's designs wonderfully fit in the design language of Marimekko: Powerful colours and organic shapes are as essential for Wakisaka as for many Scandinavian designers.