Taking 1968’s movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” for design concept, the entrance “tunnel” is a reinterpretation of a spaceship. With the keyword “threshold” in mind, this spaceship would be a non-solid and tangible space intended to be a crossing gate for people coming from many different places.
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The ground floor of this building is the first outlet of craft sandwich brand, GRAIN BREAD AND BREW. The client is a drinkware maker, with many supporters from cafes and shops, both domestic and overseas. After traveling all over the world and being exposed to many different cultures, they wanted to express and share these experiences in the form of a sandwich as their new business.
Surrounded by a large park which serves as a place of recreation and relaxation for local residents, and a facility for environmental education, this was a project to renovate a warehouse, more than 50 years old, into the first overseas outpost of Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco’s premier “bean-to-bar” chocolate maker.
The current showcase at Maison Hermès Ginza, entitle urban jungle, presents a wide range of these cunningly realistic sculptures. All monkeys, a large terracotta orang utan sits on a trunk and gazes onto the bustling cityscape. In the large window, a group of monkeys are huddled cozily together, and seem less deterred by what’s going on around them.
Similarly to the Company’s five previous outposts across Tokyo, the interior design is by local practice Schemata Architects, and is marked by an understated palette. Tuff stone is paired with timber, creating a oasis of serenity within an exceptionally busy environment. A hollow-square shaped service station is placed at the very centre, opposite an elongated bar with stools.
100 shades of colors in the form of flower motifs saturate the 6 meter atrium. At the center, visitors can be immersed amongst the 25,200 delicate flowers aligned in three dimensional grids. As well as being suspended from the ceiling, the flowers subtly rotate because of the NSK bearings and the windmills installed at the top and in turn, the installation produces a gradient of gradually changing color.
It occupies a spacious 116 sqm. unit on the fourth floor, and features a minimalist setting, featuring flooring and walls clad in lacquered timber, and matching shelving and cabinets. Apparel pieces are showcased on suspended steel clothing racks that optically lend the space an additional airy feel.