He wanted to be a creator, but he didn’t insist on interior design. What that means is that he was interested in all kinds of design, like architecture and graphics. What attracted him to space was probably the influence of the respected artist Marcel Duchamp, who can be called the father of conceptual art.
To Mr. Yonezawa, conceptual art means “unknown experiences and sensations”. And it’s not limited to just art. In a broad sense, it includes the grandeur of nature, the majesty of shrines, and encounters with people. And of course, architectural spaces too. Because of that, he wants to give “unknown experiences and sensations” to people through the designs he works on. Doing that requires not shapes but the production of “time” and “space” which can be sensed.
What he’s demanding about is the concept. And of course, there is also the influence of Duchamp. A concept bundles together everything into a single way of thinking. It’s not just a style that follows the upper edge. Ideally, consistency would extend to not only space and furniture design, but also music, logos, packaging, and even staff gestures. In a space with a strong concept, the imagination soars to even the stories possessed by that space.
He wants his own work and products to make someone happy and inspire them. If they create a smile, that’s the best. Recently in his private life, he has become deeply into being a DJ, and that’s for the same reason. Taking pleasure in someone being happy must be natural, he thinks.
He also teaches at an art university now, but it’s not that he wants to be an educator. It’s because he feels that he wants to thoroughly convey the splendor and potential of interior design to the next generation.