Ken Okuyama, born in 1959 in Yamagata, Japan, today owns his own design studio KEN OKUYAMA DESIGN. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a degree in automobile design, he worked as a visiting professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design and as chief designer for Honda’s NSX project. Thereafter he returned to teach at his university, the Art Center College of Design. Okuyama was also chief designer for General Motors and Porsche and received, in 2004, the offer take on the position of design director at Pininfarina, Italy. Among other creations, he designed the Enzo Ferrari, the Maserati Quattroporte, and the new generation of the Porsche 911.
In late 2006, Okuyama left Pininfarina to set up his own design studio, Newton Design Lab. The spectrum of his projects there span from furniture to robots, and even theme parks. In late 2007, he then launched Ken Okuyama Eyes, an eyewear collection manufactured in Japan. And in 2008, at the Geneva Motor Show, Okuyama presented his first concept car under his own name—the K.O. 7 Spider.
Ken Okuyama is fluent in Japanese, English, and Italian. He lives in Italy.