About Nakamura Kazunobu

I liked the dynamic composition and dynamic curves of the paintings by the Japanese painter Eitoku Kano, Tohaku Hasegawa and Katsushika Hokusai. When I was young, I wanted to copy their paintings and get to know their essence. Nowadays, I design my work with the idea that I want to enter the space of the great waves depicted in their paintings and stand in a place where I am wrapped up in their flow.

Interview with Nakamura Kazunobu

Nakamura Kazunobu ("NK") interviewed on Tuesday, 11 December.

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?

NK : I worked at NOMURA Co., Ltd. since 2002 as an interior designer.I studied at the Department of Architecture at Tokyo University of the Arts.I am also designing the stage art from the university.The name when doing a stage design is "NAKAMURA KAZUNOBU DESIGN-WORKS"

How did you become a designer?

NK : When I was a child, I liked sculptures at first.Because I liked three-dimensional objects.However, I wanted to get in there soon.I was more interested in the interior space created by the shape than the appearance.So the university selected architecture.

What are your priorities, technique and style when designing?

NK : First of all, I imagine what kind of event can be realized by design.Next, think about whether it can be realized by a characteristic form. Because if the objective event is realized by its characteristic formBecause it is likely to produce an unknown experience.I want to create an unknown space.

Which emotions do you feel when designing?

NK : Like making sculptures, it is fun to create the space we have thought of as a model or 3D.And it is the most exciting time when it appeared in reality size.

What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?

NK : I think that influencing my design is sculpture production that I liked since I was a child, and the stage art design I've been doing since my college days.

What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?

NK : I want to create a characteristic space created by the shape.I would like to continue my efforts to realize that.

What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?

NK : I would like you to find something you like, such as your favorite event, your favorite material, your favorite process.I think that whatever it is.

You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?

NK : I do not think that I have succeeded.I have not produced many things yet.I always want to keep an inquisitive spirit and work hard.

What is your day to day look like?

NK : Unfortunately, the time being chased by day-to-day work is long.Even a little, I value the time that I can think alone.

How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?

NK : I try not to be conscious of the trend much.I think real beauty is immutable.

How do you know if a product or project is well designed? How do you define good design?

NK : Just to judge by seeing the real thing. Think about it, make a model and judge by intuition as to whether it is good or not. I think that how long iterations can repeat determines the quality of the design.

How do you decide if your design is ready?

NK : When the design is completed and the best condition is photographed in the picture, the work is over.Whether the job succeeded or not depends on others' reactions after a while.

What is your biggest design work?

NK : Kikuchi City Central Library

Who is your favourite designer?

NK : Ryue Nishizawa

Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?

NK : When I go abroad, I realize the way of thinking unique to Japan that I did not conscious until now.I think that I am Japanese style.

Would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?

NK : Work should not concentrate solely on making money.When I die I want to make something that seems to have left something in this world.

What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?

NK : I think that it is to make people's lives rich.

What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?

NK : I am honored.I am extremely happy to be able to win the Italian design award with a deep design history.

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