Born in Tokyo, Shinichi studied design at the Chiba University Industrial Design Department before joining Sony Corporation as a product designer, developing SONY products, such as the Walkman, radios, headphones and television sets. In 1992, he established Sumikawa Design in Tokyo, and has since, been designing communication tools, cars, medical equipment, sports gear, and other crafts. He is also currently Visiting Professor at Osaka University of Arts. A multi-awardee who is constantly selected in the Good Design Awards and has exhibited his works extensively in Germany, Canada, and across Japan, Shinichi is foremost an aluminum product designer. His designs always evoke qualities of elasticity, smoothness and ease of use with that anticipated gentle but firm grip and touch.