The store is unmistakably Tokyo-style and there is a reason why retailers are looking to Tokyo and the OC founders for inspiration.
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Located in central Tokyo, right around the corner from the major thoroughfare Meguro Street, is a ‘soba’ noodle shop, the owner’s residence situated above. The building has Machiya-style wooden louvers, invoking a traditional Japanese townhouse, but the depth of each louver is varied sequentially across the face.
This design expresses this owner’s use of a traditional technique of dying fabric at an high output rate in keeping with modern society’s demand infinite patterns, the sexy and glamorous stand out in a unified and brilliant show a beautiful bit of nature, a piece of driftwood, rests in the center as a foundation and focal point for the space.
Now nicknamed La Maison d’agnès b. à Tokyo – it’s ornately written across the glass façade and hard to miss – the boutique now looks clean and sleek, and a more efficient configuration offers expanded retail space. Another striking feature are the mobile shop fixtures that one can also spot at agnès b. flagship stores in Paris and New York.
The site was formerly used as office space. For the floor, we peeled off the existing carpet and sanded exposed mortar undercoat thoroughly to make it perfectly horizontal and ‘super-flat’. As a result we created unique random mosaic pattern-in some places aggregates are revealed, and in other places finer particles cover up the surface.
Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara is the Exhibition Director of the House Vision 2013 Tokyo Exhibition, which runs this month. Hara believes in the possibility of high-tech housing taking over Tokyo, and visitors to the House Vision exhibition can assess eight life-size models of dwellings that he says meet the demands of Japan’s next generation.