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Survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he studied graphic design at Tama Art University in Tokyo and graduated in 1964. He later traveled around the world and worked in Paris and New York. He will return to Tokyo only in 1970 to found the Miyake Design Studio. In 1971 his first collection was shown in New York, followed by other fashion shows in Paris. His creations have often been characterized by the search for new materials and futuristic technologies and dark colors. After a twenty-year career, Miyake left the fashion creations to his collaborator Naoki Takizawa, to be able to devote himself to research again. In 1998, the Cartier Foundation opened an exhibition on Miyake's work called Making Things. In 2005 Miyake received the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture, and in 2006 he won the Kyōto Prize for Arts and Philosophy. In 2014 the Japanese artist was awarded the prestigious ADI Compasso d'Oro award for the creation of the IN-EI Issey Miyake family of lamps, made for the Italian Artemide furniture and lighting company.