Takenobu Igarashi started as a graphic designer in the mid-1970s. In the 1980s he started making alphabet sculptures and also advanced into the field of product design. For the Museum of Modern Art, New York, he produced a series of graphic and product design goods. He has taught at Chiba University and the University of California, Los Angeles. He collaborated in the foundation of the Faculty of Design at Tama Art University and was the first Head of Design Department. In 1994, he ended his 25 years of design activity and moved to Los Angeles to become a sculptor. After working with marble, he discovered terracotta and wood as his material. He returned to Japan in 2004. In recent years, he has been producing various sculptures and reliefs for public spaces in Japan. He has been awarded the Commendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Katsumi Masaru Award, the Mainichi Design Award, the IF Design Award and the Good Design Award for his achievements and activities in the field of graphic and product design.