Born in 1953 in Yokohama, Japan, Takanori Aiba lives and works in Tokyo. He studied textile design at Tokyo Zokei University, before his first job as a freelance maze illustrator in 1978. Those maze works were serialised in Japanese fashion magazine
Popeye for 10 years. In 1981, he founded Graphics & Designing Inc, and thereafter worked on major interior design projects such as the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum, Museum of The Little Prince in Hakone and Ninja Akasaka restaurant in Tokyo, drawing on theme park design principles. He is currently working on a gambling space, with the aim of reversing the bad image of gambling in Japan. Since 2003, he has been creating incredibly detailed, 3-D tiny universes combining his knowledge and experience as a maze illustrator and as interior architect – in terms of his skills in the drawing of labyrinths and the design of physical space.