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5 Minutes With… Ryan Genesin

South Australia’s Ryan Genesin is one of the State’s most promising emerging designers, with a number of retail and residential projects garnering much attention and critical acclaim

5 Minutes With… Ryan Genesin


August 7th, 2012

Your top 3 influences?

Vincent van Duysen / Kelly Wearstler / Joseph Dirand


The moment you knew you wanted to be a designer?

I grew up on construction sites from the age of 3 helping my dad who is still a gunn tiler, and just loved the idea of constructing, materialising and designing.


Favourite local landmark/building?

182 Victoria Square was formerly the ’Reserve Bank of Australia’ building and built 1966 (located on the corner of Flinders Street and Victoria Square, Adelaide) Beautiful façade treatments, proportions and material.


Favourite material

American Oak Timber


Favourite international landmark/building

Hmmm…Arango Residence by John Lautner 1971.

(What a view over Acapulco Bay! This place is somewhere between earth and space. Very dreamy and surreal! A well designed environment should always get the mind thinking!


Biggest career moment?

Recently shortlisted in 2012 IDEA Awards for ’Emerging Designer’ and also Shortlisted in the ’Retail’ category for a project called L.A.X. which is very exciting. This is just the beginning…


Dream project to work on (real or imaginary)?

WOW…my dream project would be a Colombian drug lords holiday house with my design team consisting of John Lautner, Verner Panton and Kelly Wearstler,..that would be a bunch of fun!


Dream person to collaborate with?

The same punks as above!


Favourite decade of design?

60s (modernism) with the leftover progression of the 50’s, space travel was believed to be at arms distance in the next few decades, people were very receptive to change and experimentation of materials was at its best.


Favourite chair?

I can’t do one I love too many! A dining chair I would say ’Jean Prouve’s ’Standard’ chair by Vitra 1934 and with armchairs its a tie between old chair-porn vs new chair-porn. Old porn ’Cortina armchair by minotti’ (with rabbit fur throw if you want to turn it up) and new porn ’hopper by minotti… very comfortable!


#1 concern for the design industry in the coming decade?

Off-shore manufacturing and replicating of design originals…Australia needs to make new laws for policing people who sell and import replicas like they do in the Netherlands. If you cannot afford the real, thing buy local.


Which items in the workplace can you not live without?

iPhone and my turntables!


The most unusual/interesting thing about the way you work?

I always need music; music inspires me to design and that is usually at night when the phone stops ringing. Sometimes we get up and have a little boogie in the office! …ahh fun!






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