Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Takanori Urata ("TU") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
TU : My father was a joiner, and he worked with wood at home, so I started making things for fun at an early age. I also really liked drawing. When I was in junior high school, I first decided that I wanted to be a designer, so I went to a high school specializing in design. After high school, I went on to study design at Kuwasawa Design School, a well-known design school in Japan. After that, I worked for a large company that mainly builds commercial facilities, and then I worked for Tokujin Yoshioka, a world-renowned designer, to study design. He has now left Tokujin Yoshioka's office to run his own design firm.
TU : The joy of seeing something I envisioned become a reality, the communication that is created with various people before that thing is completed, and the joy that comes from knowing that the thing I designed will be used by others. I think that one of the things that I can do is to become a designer because I think that the joy of seeing something that I have designed become a reality, the communication that is created with various people before it is completed, and the new joy and communication that is created when people use what I have designed is one of the things that makes me happy. To be honest, I don't think you have to be a designer, but I became one by a series of coincidences.
TU : I made my own choice when I was in junior high school.
TU : I love to design anything, but if I had to choose one, I would say designing architecture is my favorite.
TU : Am I a legendary designer? I am still developing. But if I were to give any advice to young designers, I would recommend that they experience a wide range of work and play, including unpleasant work, while they are young.
TU : We believe that a good designer is one who can respond flexibly to the client's requirements. I think a great designer is flexible enough to respond to the client's needs, but also has originality that is unique to that designer.
TU : Even if it looks simple at first glance, I think a long-life design that never gets old is great.
TU : I want many people, companies, and countries to actively invest in design. Good design makes the world more peaceful.
TU : I would design my own home. For me and my family.
TU : I have many dreams, but first of all, my own home.
TU : Simpler. More elegance.
TU : My mentor, Tokujin Yoshioka's designs and his attitude towards design are very influential for me. Others include Sori Yanagi, Ingo Maurer, and architect Tadao Ando. There are many more.
TU : I like the design of the window display with scarves at Hermes Ginza Tokyo, which was created by my mentor Tokujin Yoshioka. When the woman in the image on the screen blows her breath on the scarf, the scarf actually shakes as it is aerated. I was present at the completion of the display as the person in charge, and I still can't forget the emotion I felt.
TU : The design of Tokyo Station in Japan, for example, is great. It is not so much the detailing of the architecture. I think it is the fact that it creates various encounters between people in and around the architecture itself that is great.
TU : It is to have strong faith and perseverance to never give up on anything. I believe it is thanks to my parents' education. Parental education is very important.
TU : It is difficult to imagine. I play drums as a hobby, so I would be a drummer. I like cars, so I would be a builder who restores classic cars.
TU : Simple, elegant, quality design.
TU : My wife, who is my greatest understanding. She understands that I am immersed in design.
TU : My parents' upbringing gave me the mental strength to overcome problems.
TU : Am I a master? I am still developing.
TU : The metal cup that received the award this time is different. I think designers should present designs that solve the problems of today's society.
TU : I am developing a new tent for my brand sunsetclimax. Please stay tuned.
TU : My goal is to continue to be involved in design as long as I am able to move. There is no end in sight.
TU : Am I high profile? I am still in the development stage, but if you commission me, I will go above and beyond what the owner envisions. I will realize the design beyond what the owner envisions.
TU : Rather than directly addressing social and environmental issues or forcing them on people, I try to solve social and environmental problems without imposition by combining good design and social and environmental issues in a tasteful way. I believe that it is the responsibility of design to solve social and environmental problems without imposition.
TU : In the field of architecture and interior design, we are developing new clients. For sunsetclimax, it is the development of new products.
TU : My brand sunsetclimax is a brand that produces camping equipment, but I recognize it as one design project. I am still in the middle of it, but I am satisfied with it.
TU : The Corona pandemic has changed things dramatically. I think the loss of interaction between people was very damaging. As in any industry, it is fundamental and important for people to meet face-to-face and communicate with each other. First of all, I would like to see the situation return to the way it was before the Corona pandemic.
TU : I think the design field will merge with more environmentally friendly fields.
TU : It varies quite a bit from project to project. It can take anywhere from a few days to up to several years.
TU : I start by listening to the client's ideas. I do research, etc.
TU : Never give up.
TU : I would like to believe that design creates trends. Trends that are created end quickly, don't they?
TU : The role of technology is very important. The development of technology has always been a big part of design. Technologists and designers are destiny partners.
TU : I use CAD, Rhinocerus, Illustrator, Photoshop, various cameras, and many others.
TU : They are all equally important. They can vary in importance depending on the project. It is important to always design with them in mind.
TU : Simply, what do you think? Do you like it? I would like to ask them.
TU : A picture of myself using it and enjoying it.
TU : For me, my wife is my ideal partner. I think co-design is a good idea, but you need a central person (designer) to set the basic policy.
TU : My mentor, Tokujin Yoshioka.
TU : Books by an American tent maker called Moss have had a great influence on the design of sunsetclimax products.
TU : I have been involved in a wide range of design-based work since I was in my twenties. I think it is very important to experience even an unpleasant job just once. Many experiences form a person.
TU : BILL MOSS, founder of the American tent manufacturer called Moss.
TU : I am not famous at all. I will continue to work hard so that I can get a platinum award.
TU : Color: red Food: Soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles), Neapolitan pizza (I make it myself) Season: spring to early summer Thing: Car (I dream of driving a classic Alfa Romeo) Brand: Alfa Romeo
TU : About a previous project in which I designed the architectural interior of a dispensary that won the iF design award in Germany. We designed the pharmacy to be a beautiful space that would make people suffering from illnesses feel a little better. After the completion of the project, patients who visited the pharmacy told me with a smile, "It's a beautiful pharmacy. I was really glad that I was in the design business.
TU : I try to exercise moderately every day. Just exercising is motivating, and great designs come from a healthy body.
TU : I have said many times that I have not become a great designer at all. You just have to work hard every day.
TU : I don't know, but I hope there will be no more wars.
TU : We're up for the challenge, so stay tuned!
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