Interview with Ryoko Ogoshi from Japan

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Ryoko Ogoshi

Ryoko Ogoshi is an interior architect who founded her company, Articious Co., Ltd., after raising her children. She is a registered interior designer and holds a Master of Arts degree. Her company aims to help clients create unique and valuable spaces through art and design.

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

After graduating from university, I worked in the design department of a major general contractor company, and after raising my children, I founded my own company at the end of 2014. In 2015, I studied interior design in the UK and became a REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNER® at BIID. Recently, I also received a Master of Arts degree. I am now working as an interior architect.

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?

I feel like this is my calling.

3Tell us more about your agency/company, job profile, and what you do.

My company is Articious Co., Ltd., operating as RON DESIGN.

Articious is a coined word that combines the words "art" and "precious." This is because we would like to help our clients create their own unique artistic and valuable spaces. Ron of Ron Design was named after me.

4What does “design” mean to you?

When I design something, I feel like I'm creating a scene from a movie.

5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?

I love the design of luxury homes because I can use my experience as a woman.

6To you, what makes a “good” design?
A good space can move people.
7How did you come up with the idea for your award-winning design?
I thought about what it would be like if the owner and his friends gathered in a man's den, and I imagined my favourite sexy Hollywood stars there. I aimed for a design that wouldn't tell what era or country it was from.
8What was your main source of inspiration for this design?

The movies The Godfather and The Matrix, and an encounter with a piece of wallpaper from a wallpaper collection by Fornasetti, (Cole & Son/Senza Tempo), a designer I respect and love. I wanted space to be timeless and to feel like I was in another dimension. I was fascinated by the monkey in the design, and in my fantasy, the monkey comes to life in the middle of the night and transports guests to a magical man cave.

9Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?

I think so. I am good at eclectic combinations of traditional Japanese crafts and techniques with foreign furniture.

10Congratulations! As the winner of the French Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

I am very happy that my work has been recognised by such wonderful judges from all over the world. I am very happy to have been selected as a Gold winner. I would like to work not only in Japan but also overseas if possible, so this title will be very beneficial to my career. Thank you very much.

11Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the French Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

I think the French Design Award is fair because the judges do not know the applicant's nationality, affiliation, etc. I felt that this work was a very attractive and wonderful space, and I wanted people around the world to see traditional Japanese crafts and sustainable art, so I gave it a try.

12What were the main challenges you faced during the design process, and how did you overcome them?
We thought about how to make the layout of the wine cellar and golf simulation space more dramatic. The wine cellar is designed with a view of bottle etiquette, enhancing the mood of guests during a game of billiards.
13How do you think winning this award will impact your future as a designer?
I hope this award will help us capture the attention of future clients both domestically and internationally.
14What are your top three (3) favorite things about the design industry?

When I see the moment the space I designed becomes a reality.

When I design a space, I want to feel like a film director or a stage director.

I feel happy when I encounter the wonderful nature that inspires my imagination. And I love the moment when that feeling is translated into a design.

15What sets your design apart from others in the same category?
I think my mancave design is dramatic and sexy. On the other hand, I think the residence section is an interesting fusion of East and West.
16Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?
The design will become borderless, and advances in communication methods such as Zoom and Skype may make it possible to monitor designs with less travel.
17What advice do you have for aspiring designers who want to create award-winning designs?
Please don't give up on your dreams and keep trying.
18What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?
This is a very difficult question. This is because everyone has a different background. If it were me, I would recommend keeping a heart that feels good.
19Tell us something you have never told anyone else.
At the age of 44, I re-evaluated my life after being hospitalised for a month due to sudden hearing loss. When I was discharged from the hospital, I couldn't walk straight, I couldn't ride a bike, and I was too scared to drive a car. Of course, I can do all those things now. Moving forward without giving up on your dreams is an important source of strength.
20Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I am inspired by my family. My father was a chief engineer on a foreign route, so there were many rare items from overseas in my house. My grandmother also valued old Japanese things. I first became interested in combining it when I was a child and my grandfather called me Ron.
21What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?
No matter how old I am, I will never forget the feelings of a dream girl. The parting words are…… Thank you. Let's meet again. Positive thinking is important.
22Do you have anything else you would like to add to the interview?
I get inspiration for my designs from the nature of the earth. We all, as human beings, need to protect this beautiful land. Each person needs to be aware of sustainability.

Winning Entry

House with JAPANESE KURA | 2024


Set within established Japanese gardens with an ancestral Japanese storehouse (Kura), this luxurious residence blends Japanese craftsmanship with contemporary design …
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Ryoko Ogoshi

Ryoko Ogoshi is an interior architect who founded her company, Articious Co., Ltd., after raising her children. She is a registered interior designer and holds a Master of Arts degree. Her company aims to help clients create unique and valuable spaces through art and design.

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