Through his designs Ryohei Yoshiyuki wants to show us that banal acts do have the possibility to change our lives.
‘Why didn’t I come up with that?’ is what you might think when looking at Yoshiyuki’s products, for they all look so simple and pure. The Japanse designer has created an ash tray made of used coffee grounds and a ‘bread palette’ that encourages the experimentation of colors on slices of bread. ‘Time of the sky’ is the name of a watch that displays an image of the sky when you are checking the time. And in ‘Your level stool’ he used a common stool to create a series altering the leg height. We love how Ryohei Yoshiyuki explores the relationship between people and objects and how he’s able to make the banal and ordinary quite extraordinary. With his studio Ry to Job he tries to helps people to witness the everyday life in a completely new light. How wonderful is that?
It’s difficult to point it out. I guess from everywhere, from everything I come across in my daily life. In Europe and Japan, I love to stroll around and drink coffee and I get intrigued by small things that make me happy or trigger me in some way. It can be a drink, a certain shape or color. When I do get inspired, I start drawing and experimenting with different materials in my atelier. And when I do, I never have the final design in mind, because every idea takes a lot of experimentation, observation and research, which effects the final result.
I’m very happy to talk about my dog. Her name is Hanako, a very common Japanese name. She was not the pedigree type, she was a mixed dog and quite old when I got her. When I set up my own studio Hanako came along. She was quite the social type, she loved people and it was always nice to have her around, especially when I had clients over. She was so pure, super slow and simple. And that’s what I appreciated the most about her. She didn’t help me with my projects, but she clearly defined the nice atmosphere in my studio. When I was struggling with a project, I just looked at her and it all made sense. Unfortunately she died last year and now I have a new Hanako in my workspace. This Hanako is a different type of dog, but she’s also old and nice.
Yes, there is. The process and final product are different. In Japan you think of a product with the technique and material in mind. In Japan we have an old history and tradition of craftsmanship and technique, which is quite strict. When I was studying and working in the Netherlands I was surprised and excited to see a different European way of thinking, which is more free. Designing is comparable to inventing, often starting from scratch. When I design, I try to find the proper balance between the two. I like mixing both cultures.
Text: Magali Elali
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