Satoshi Itasaka (1978, Japan), a product and furniture designer, is the director of Tokyo-based design studio h220430, established in 2010. The studio focuses mostly on furniture and lighting designs imbued with a sense of whimsy but also transcendence. “We want to design not just the primary shapes of things but secondary communication,” they say, hoping to “provide an opportunity for people to rethink and act against many difficult problems such as deterioration of the global environment and continuous conflicts all over the world.” Itasaka’s Mushroom Lamp, which evokes the shape of a nuclear explosion, is part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art. Itasaka is unequivocal about his influences. “The force of nature is the best influencer in my life,” he says.