Ryosuke Harashima
/ root design office

Creative and
Art Direction /
Product, Graphic and
Craft design

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.

2019 Changing Attitude / SOMEWHERE TOKYO / Tokyo, Japan
2018 Designart / TENOHA DAIKANYAMA / Tokyo, Japan
Tool for Syale / Ginza no Kanazawa Dining Gallery / Tokyo, Japan
Kogei Kairo / Serif S / Kanazawa, Japan
SYALE Open studio & STORE / Prego / Kanazawa, Japan
2015 Kanazawa no IroToriDori / Mitsukoshi Ginza & MUseum Shopin 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa / Tokyo & Kanazawa, Japan
2014 Inspiration / ifs FUTURE LABORATORY / Tokyo, Japan
2013 Seikatsu kougei, Kanazawa / Daikanyama T-SITE / Tokyo, Japan

2011 Ishikawa Design Exhibition, Second Award
2009 Oshalemesse Main Visual Competition, First Prize
Kyoto Design Award, Honorable mention
2007 Kanazawa design competition, Honorable mention
2006 Shachihata New Product Design Competition, Fukasawa prize
2004 YONOBI design competition, Honorable mention
2003 Coram Design Award, Honorable mention


root design office
6-22 Zig 2F, Oyama-cho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa-pref 920 0918 Japan