Ryan Genesin is responsible for many of the style-forward touches currently emerging across Adelaide’s once-bleak streetscapes.
He did Cibo’s new front in Hindley Street – the one with the crazy zebra stripe.
He’s also responsible for the internal fit-out of L.A.X. in the basement of Adelaide Central Plaza – one of the entries that won him the award. He soaked the shop in an undulating froth of plywood polygons, to great effect. Other clients on his resume include the Village Baker in Burnside, the White Rabbit in Hindley, the Bath Hotel on the Parade, and the Cumberland Arms Hotel.
Those works have won the Adelaidian the national 2013 Emerging Interior Designer award.
Genesin bagged the award at last month’s Australian Interior Design Awards in Melbourne. Over email, he told InDaily Design he was “Pumped, honoured, ecstatic!!”
“I am still high on life! It is such a prestigious national award to win … a MASSIVE pat on the back from my industry colleagues.”
Since starting Genesin Studio in 2008 (when he was 27), he’s working on a range of Adelaide’s most interesting projects.
Genesin says he gets inspiration from low-tech designs of the ’60s and ’70s, to which he adds touches of modernity.
“Every project is different but an undertone of natural materials and great detailing is the key to a much-loved place or space.
“Genesin Studio approaches the design of space and dwellings with the aim of combining the social quality of living in the 1960s and 1970s with today’s luxuries.
“Keeping designs low-tech while retaining a modernist outlook is a priority for the practice.
“Music is a massive inspiration for me; life, travel and also a select few great designers like Verner Panton, Kelly Wearstler, Joseph Dirand and Vincent van Duysen that continue to make my mind tick.”
His passion came from a childhood spent on interior fit-out sites with his father, a tiler.
“I grew up on work sites as early as I can remember, helping my dad who was and still is a tiler – I was probably more of a nuisance.
“I loved work sites and how things were put together and the process involved. I wanted to be that person who programmed or directed that process, which meant architecture or interior design.”
Design Institute of Australia SA co-president Brendon Harslett said Genesin was in the top handful of designers in Adelaide.
“Genesin Studio designs are easily identifiable, with an enthusiasm and enchantment matched with a sophistication that does not merge into the arrogant. The unique blends of the spatial feel Ryan is able to create sets himself amongst only a handful of designers in Adelaide.
“Ryan’s hard work and love for his industry and his craft has seen him reap the rewards and recognition that is thoroughly deserved.”
Genesin’s current project is the Rundle Mall Myer Centre’s food court, due for completion by the end of the year.