Around when he was in high school, he wanted to be a product designer. The trigger was the Walkman. It gave birth to the culture of listening to music outdoors, and changed everyone’s lifestyle. He thought then that there are dreams in the design of mass-produced products. Now that he’s built a career, he’s come to think “The roots of product design and interior design are the same.” Of course, the influence of mass-produced products spreads more easily throughout the world than that of interior design. However, the final aim of both hotel guest room design and home appliances is to offer users an impressive, rich experience. According to Mr. Mizuhara, “In the end, I’m doing the same thing.”
He’s worked on many various designs until now. Hotels, residences, hospitals, and offices. In those cases, the designs sublimate their own strengths unchanged. What will be required in office design from now on is not improving efficiency or productivity. He thinks that as we enter the age of 100-year lives and the idea of retirement at 70 is becoming conceivable, the importance of an office that is also conscious of lifestyles will increase. At that time, he’s sure that knowledge of hotels and residences will be useful.
Interior design translates directly as design of the inside. However, he thinks that it doesn’t stop there, and that it’s important to look beyond that. He finds the essential, unrealized issues in people’s lifestyles and work and in the business of clients, and solves them using the power of design.
It’s a major challenge, but Mr. Mizuhara is convinced that it’s one that will be necessary for designers from now on. It might be said “That’s the work of architects and business consultants.” However, such challenge is not bound by any title or category. Someday, interior design will create a structure unlike anything in this world.