Renowned Japanese designer Kenji Ekuan died of a heart problem, at the age of 85. The news has come just two days after Yamaha unveiled the limited edition VMAX Carbon to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the original model, which was one of Mr Ekuan’s famous creations.
Throughout his illustrious career which spanned over five decades, Mr Ekuan was responsible for penning one of the most iconic designs. He graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1955 and the Art Center College of Design in 1957. Through the GK Industrial Design, which he founded in 1957 and headed till the time of his death, he designed the bullet train, soy sauce bottle and the Coca-Cola bottle, besides a number of Yamaha motorcycles.
Last year, Mr Ekuan was presented with the Golden Compass Award, which is a distinguished Italian industrial design prize. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Mr Ekuan’s family and friends.