Graduate designing for Sybarite
Interior design graduate Riko Sobukawa left Falmouth in 2016 and is currently working for architecture firm Sybarite. We recently caught up with Riko to hear about her experience of Falmouth, her life after university and advice to current students.
1. What did you enjoy most about your time at Falmouth University?
The creative environment was one of the most appealing factors of Falmouth University. Being surrounded by different people from various artistic courses was an amazing aspect, constantly stimulating ideas and imaginations. The creative freedom and diverse projects throughout the years let us explore very different aspects of design in a wide range of scales. Above all, being surrounded by the sea and nature was one of the best things!
2. What are you up to now work wise?
After graduation I moved to Japan where I worked for Curiosity, a multidisciplinary studio based in Tokyo, created by French designer Gwenael Nicolas. The studio is constantly redefining the boundary of design, from interior design to architecture and product design.
While I was working there, I got the opportunity to work on luxury brand boutiques and hotel projects all over the world.
After two years of great experience, I moved to London and I am currently working for Sybarite. I recently worked for an immersive luxury shopping mall with an exciting collaboration with iconic brands.
3. What advice would you give to prospective students?
If you are thinking of pursuing Interior Design, be ready to explore many aspects of it with an open mind. You will definitely find some unexpected things that will captivate you. It is a creative process which has the power to tell a story and change people's perception. Falmouth University will definitely help you with that process with a variety of programs. Take advantage of them!
A project I have worked on - Luxury Boutique Store in London
My latest client requested a design which retained their brand’s sense of royalty whilst also embracing the punk culture of London. I translated that to the monochromatic and rich flow of natural stone and dynamic compositions. Each room told its own story.
Photo credit – Alessandra Chemollo