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2017 Judges

Ko matsubara

Ko Matsubara

Chief Editor - Casa Brutus


Born in Tokyo in 1967, Ko Matsubara joined one of Japan’s leading publishers Magazine House in 1991. Matsubara’s talents were first put to work on the men’s fashion publication Popeye, covering fashion, music and interior. Joining the newly launched Casa Brutus team in 2000, he has overseen a wide range of features on architecture, fashion and design. Matsubara was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2012.

Design excellence

Is it a beautiful shape that defines design excellence? An attractive colour? Interesting viewed from a distance? An amazing interior? For myself, it’s when all elements are carefully combined to produce a great consumer experience, and a great designer keeps this aim in the forefront of their design.