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Interview with Shunsuke Ohe

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Shunsuke Ohe (SO) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Shunsuke Ohe by clicking here.

Interview with Shunsuke Ohe at Wednesday 28th of April 2021
Shunsuke Ohe
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
SO: I think being a designer is my joy and the meaning of living. And I think design is the best way to express yourself.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
SO: I started the design studio "LUSTY design" about 9 years ago. I have been involved in architectural design, interior design, and interior coordination. My customers range from corporations to individuals.

FS: What is "design" for you?
SO: It's my purpose.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
SO: I like the design of spaces for people like resort hotels to enjoy their lives.

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
SO: I can't give a general answer because it changes from time to time.

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
SO: It's a friend's cafe.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
SO: Marble, stone, and wood.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
SO: It's time to relax and feel happy.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
SO: Both design and functionality.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
SO: I feel happy to be able to design as a job

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
SO: I feel lovable like my child.

FS: What makes a design successful?
SO: I think that design performance, practicality, functionality, and cost are all established.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
SO: The overall balance. For example, colors, patterns, dimensions, etc.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
SO: Design is an integral part of life, and I believe that the quality of design affects the quality of life. I consider designers to be in a position to make a big impact on people's lives.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
SO: I don't know much about "design field" abroad, In Japan where I live, it is very much in people's lives I feel that there is a growing awareness that it is important and interesting.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
SO: I haven't done it yet, but I would like to do it first in Japan and then in Europe.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
SO: I don't limit anything in particular, but I pay close attention to the design of everything in my daily life. It doesn't matter whether you are in Japan or overseas.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
SO: Various design patterns. It features a wide range of items, from pop and cute to cool and chic, from designs that incorporate overseas essences to Japanese styles.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
SO: I live in Japan. I am not very conscious of Japanese traditional style design, but when I receive a request for such a design project, I can design it without difficulty. I can't think of any weaknesses.

FS: How do you work with companies?
SO: The correspondence is the same for both companies and individuals. I do my best to make my clients happy.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
SO: I think the client should tell the designer what he thinks and what he wants. And I think it's a good designer to do his best to listen and answer the client's story.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
SO: Sometimes the design comes to mind first, and sometimes the design is completed based on the results of thinking from the functional aspect. There is no well-defined process and it varies from time to time.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
SO: Outside view from the balcony,coffee,my family, sofa and relaxing atmosphere.

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
SO: It's different every day. Drinking coffee, driving a Porsche, and thanking life is the same every day.

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
SO: I think I'm still young. So I can't give you any advice, but I think you should always enjoy your life.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
SO: Positive is that you can always spend your creative time. I can't think of any negatives.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
SO: Positive thinking, inquisitiveness.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
SO: A fresh and pure spirit.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
SO: Personal computer, drawing paper, pen.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
SO: Decide what you need to achieve on a daily basis and check my progress on a daily basis.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
SO: It depends on the property.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
SO: It depends on the property. Some are for a few days, and some are for a few months to a year.

FS: What was your most important job experience?
SO: There is no best. All are important.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
SO: There are various types such as corporations and individuals.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
SO: It changes from time to time. I used to love Jean Nouvel for a long time.

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
SO: We want to hire a lot of staff to make it a bigger company and provide everyone with a designed life. I would like to start selling homes with packaged designs.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
SO: I create my own design.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
SO: I have something to talk about, but I'll tell you by nominating here when it's done.

FS: How can people contact you?
SO: The first is inquiries from the homepage. Another is an introduction from an acquaintance.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
SO: Absent. thank you for reading it until the very end.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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