Riki Watanabe

Professional in Interior Design.

About Riki Watanabe

With a focus on interior design, Riki Watanabe work spans across a wide range of professional fields such as creative direction and branding. Utilizing the knowledge and multifaceted perspectives that we have cultivated through designing commercial spaces, hospitality spaces, exhibitions, products, and other genres, we design in consideration of the way places should be, the experiences that can be gained there, and the flow of time. For Riki Watanabe, design is not only to create new values, but also to discover the beauty and value that already exists, and to create something that will be passed down and evolve, even if the shape is old.

  • 2-Time Winner of Interior Design Award.
  • Specialized in Interior Design.
  • 2 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Interior
Chibanewtown Ladies  Clinic

Chibanewtown Ladies Clinic

Interior Design

BeantoBar  Lounge

BeantoBar Lounge

Interior Design

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Extended Interview with Riki Watanabe

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
2009, Industrial Designer, BA, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo/Japan.2009-2012,Designer, design and construction office Tokyo/Japan 2013-2014, Designer,NOMURA Co., Ltd Tokyo/Japan 2014-2015,Designer, Puddle Inc. Tokyo/Japan 2015-2019,Designer, JOKE.Inc. Tokyo/Japan
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I would like to do a design that looks like a sunset. We believe that it is universal that people's emotions are moved by watching the sunset. I want my designs to appeal to emotions, no matter what they are.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Young designers should be flexible and curious about a lot of things. And we should cultivate an eye and a thought that doesn't overlook any trivialities.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
It is a matter of being able to understand people's feelings, and then being able to create something that surpasses their imagination.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
I think that a good design is one that is not only beautiful in appearance, but also has excellent function and is inherited and evolved.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
If it's a product, I'd like to design a prosthetic limb or prosthetic foot. I'd like to design a church or shrine.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
I cherish the unexpected misunderstandings. I think many people don't even bother to look at it because it's just a misperception and a bit of a brain bug. However, I have found that there are many hints to create new and beautiful things. I call it a bug design.
How do you think designers should present their work?
Designers should feel confident in your work and present it. Don't forget to thank the people and the team for their support.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
・ChibaNewTown Ladies Clinic ・Bean toBar Lounge by Dandelion Chocolate,
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
I think design is going to shift in the direction of creating a way of thinking and a culture, rather than just creating something that you can see.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
Becoming famous is hard road, but it's worth the challenge. I believe that I was able to win the award as a result of doing the things in front of me with integrity, always looking ahead and never giving up.

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