Ikko Tanaka belongs to the same generation of Japanese graphic designers like Kazumasa Nagai and Shigeo Fukuda who gained their recognition for their work worldwide.
Tanaka created a style that fused traditional Japanese forms and western modernist simplicity. His greatest legacy is unique way to fuse western and eastern aesthetics.
He was born in Nara , Japan, in 1930 and studied art from his young age and as a young adult he was involved in modern drama and theatrical study groups.
In 1963 he formed Tanaka Design Studio where he created the brand ethos for the now universal homeware manufacturers Muji, worked for Mazda, Hanae Mori, Issey Miyake
and the International Garden and Greenery Exhibition.