More than a year later, “Tsumiki” celebrates its US launch by hosting an exhibition of small-scale interpretations by New-York based artists Aranda Lasch, Sonia Rentsch, and Nanse Kawashima. As part of the show, Kuma is also presenting his own special art installation using the “Tsumiki” triangles.
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The store installation is made of Canadian white oak, a material that’s also used for the brand’s solid wood tables. Before entering the pop-up store shoppers are encounter a product showcase that’s entilted what is Muji?, and which displays some of the retailer’s iconic products that collectively shed light on its retail philosophy.
The ceiling is folded so that the eave thrust to the garden can be a sequence from inside, connecting the room and the outdoor. The unitized bamboos are either in the diameter of 20mm or 40mm. They are skewered in varied density using bolts and nuts. The multiple layers of these differently-pitched bamboos create a grove to connect the Kabukiza theater and the garden.
Once inside the the green facade provides a soft screen for privacy and comfort where the expansive atrium blurs the activities of the hotel. Situated in the center of the space guests can visit a contemporary gallery which features artwork by ten Chinese artist who have interpreted the facade into textile pieces.