An important and influential figure in contemporary design, Kurosaki works in Tokyo. As both curator and innovative producer, he characterizes design as a way of life, and compares it to music whose sounds spread worldwide. One of the initiatives that won Kurosaki world attention was Tokyo Designers Block (TDB) in 1999. This popular international design event presented hundreds of designers the world over and extended to some 400 stores, galleries and alternative spaces throughout Tokyo, far beyond the normal range of galleries and shops meant for an elite clientele. Kurosaki is also well known as a talent finder and a general design maven who is not limited to any single aspect of design.

In the 1980s Kurosaki opened the Tokyo design store Id?e, where many classics of contemporary design were shown. Id?e later turned into a chain of design stores, each specializing in a different design concept. Here Kurosaki initiated various design projects with international designers who have since become leading figures, including Philippe Starck, Marc Newson, Shiro Kuramata and others. The resulting ventures encouraged learning, dialogue and cross-fertilization between Japanese and Western designers. Kurosaki's current venture is Flowstone, a company dedicated to design education and to providing consultations for international design events. Flowstone stands for an approach to design as an attitude and a democratically accessible way of life. Another of Kurosaki's brain children, Sputnik Design, an international design collective, showed in the London Designers Block in 2000 with an edgy, alternative flair. Sputnik exemplifies Kurosaki's vision of design as both commercially profitable and a potential source for social change, a way of influencing lifestyle and living spheres.
During his stay at the JCVA, over November of 2007, Kurosaki was the international judge for the Andrea M. Bronfman Prize for 2008, an annual award for excellence to an Israeli artist working in ceramics, fabric, jewelry, or glass.  At the prize-giving ceremony in the Tel Aviv Museum, Kurosaki gave a talk on "Japanese Innovative Design: Structuring Lifestyle through Technology. "Kurosaki gave classes and student critiques at both the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (in the textile department) and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, where his visit included the Industrial Design and the Jewelry departments.  He was also invited to a Pecha Kucha evening at the studio of Prof. Yaacov Kaufman, an internationally acclaimed designer associated with Bezalel. Here, ten industrial designers presented three ideas over five minutes each, in a now famous fast presentation format.  Besides meeting some of Israel's foremost jewelers and many in the design establishment, Kurosaki was also interviewed by several leading newspapers, and managed to visit Massada and the Dead Sea.  The visit, Kurosaki said, ignited his wishes to open up communication and cooperation between Japanese and Israeli designers.

Teruo Kurosaki