Eiko's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Design Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Denver, CO

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 12

EIKO OKURA

Interior Designer

“I don't think that success is something you reach at one point when you're 88 or 92; it's an everyday, every moment practice.”

INTERESTS:

Design Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Acceptance Beliefs & Faith Courage Instincts Self-Reflection Confidence Experience Chance Opportunity Goals Honesty Inspiration Values

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

breathing, creativity, design, family, fear, friends, identity, inspiration, Instinct, interior design, Japan, listen, listen to yourself, over thinking, possibility, quiet time, something more, teacher, the unknown, transition

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Majored in aesthetics/art philosophy in Japan, but quickly realized her major was not particularly marketable in the job industry.
  • While she was in this in-between state, she found herself constantly rearranging her furniture to calm her.
  • Realized that this practice of designing her home was what she wanted to do with her life, went into interior design.
  • Moved to the U.S. to pursue more design opportunities; got a stroke of luck, found a job right before her visa expired.
  • Says that deciding to go into interior design was not a "long, philosophical conversation" with herself-her passion was obvious.
  • Believes most of our interests should be obvious, but we complicate them; once you're grounded, you can "see what emerges."
  • Says her "North Star" in her designs is her virtue; in her career and her personal life, she tries to do what feels right and honest.
  • Doesn't believe that you should tune out others' advice, but says you should always put your own voice above the others.

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