Interview with Tomohiro Katsuki

Winner of Interior Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Tomohiro Katsuki shares insights


Interview with Tomohiro Katsuki at Saturday 22nd of October 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
TK : I start to work from the age of 20, in Osaka Japan. Mainly of commercial design work.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
TK : At that time in Osaka, commercial design is lively. Boutiques, restaurants, bars, and clubs, a new culture was born one after another. I was longing to it.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
TK : I choose the profession of designers naturally.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
TK : I regardless of the genre, corresponding to all of the problems. And we aim to resolve.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
TK : Every day, please imagine a well become future. And the continuation of the effort. Let's meet a lot of peoples.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
TK : The difference of thinking time. The difference between the period of it imagine the beautiful future.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
TK : Design, function, cost balance,

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
TK : That mind to be happy, that life is convenient,

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
TK : For loved ones

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
TK : Design of space facilities

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
TK : Patience

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
TK : Isamu Noguchi, Bauhaus, Sori Yanagi

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
TK : I like minimalist design. Concise and beautiful design.

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
TK : There are not many things you need in life.

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
TK : I turn to the problem every day.

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
TK : Traditional craft

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
TK : Think through it.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
TK : Family, senior, friends, staff, all of the client.

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
TK : dream

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
TK : I'm Japanese, but work in China. Language and living environment.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
TK : Our and philosophy, the fusion of the client's philosophy

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
TK : For the environment and education goal, the young designer.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
TK : I hope to create something meaningless.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
TK : For example, people who were pessimistic about the future.

DL: How does design help create a better society?
TK : A little convenient, a little new, a little futuristic.

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
TK : Plan currently in Shanghai. New platform

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
TK : Client smile.

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
TK : More innovative, and more conservative. The two sides are more important.

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
TK : Technological innovation, such as AI. More handmade in the contrary.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
TK : It depends on the situation.

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
TK : Right Here Right Now

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
TK : To enjoy

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
TK : I think so

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
TK : Creation

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
TK : Such as Mac and Windows is a generic Software.

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
TK : Memory and emotions

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?
TK : Everyone want to feel beautiful.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
TK : Expectations and excitement.

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
TK : All of the people is a design partner.

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
TK : Sensitive people in the era

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
TK : Kenji Miyazawa, Night on the Galactic Railroad

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
TK : He studied a variety of teacher, and was nightlife many.

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
TK : Private conversations is necessary

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
TK : Thing that has been evaluated by various criteria. I do not intended to be famous.

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
TK : Favorite color is blue, favorite place is the sea, favorite food is grilled meat, favorite season is autumn, brand non-brand

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
TK : It was an electric shock.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
TK : Morning coffee

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
TK : It also did not.

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
TK : Everyone might have been living in space.

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
TK : I often used to design the beauty of nature.Happy if me feel it.