Ryosuke Harashima was born in 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from the Kanazawa International Design Institution (KIDI) in 2002, he studied product and furniture design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City in 2003. In 2004 he began working at a graphic design office in Kanazawa, Japan, while also researching traditional Japanese craftsmanship. During this period much of his inspiration came from crossing the cultures of the East and West.He founded his own office ‘Root design office’ in Kanazawa in 2005. Since then he has worked on product design, graphic design and creative direction, art direction for projects and clients. He focuses on collaborating with Japanese artisans and manufacturers to create an innovative aesthetic that is both Japanese and international.
He participated in COOK IT RAW 2011 ISHIKAWA , designing a Japanese paper dish.
Currently he is creative producer of Kanazawa Kingyo, a souvenior brand, and is a founding member of Kapo, or ‘Kanazawa Art Port,’ and art community.
2003 Coram Design Award, Honorable mention
2004 YONOBI design competition, Honorable mention
2006 Shachihata New Product Design Competition, Fukasawa prize
2007 Kanazawa design competition, Honorable mention
2009 Oshalemesse Main Visual Competition, First Prize
Kyoto Design Award, Honorable mention
2011 Ishikawa Design Exhibition, Second Award
interview by ALEXANDERLAMONT
root design office
6-22 Zig 2F, Oyama-cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa-pref 920 0918 Japan