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New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has this week opened a Design Store in Kyoto, Japan. The 100 sqm standalone store located in the Kyoto Prefecture District has been created by British retail designers Lumsden who have worked with MoMA on its retail design strategy since 2015. Lumsden have developed the design aesthetic to the Kyoto shop from MoMA’s flagship Design Store in New York City which opened in October 2016.

Slatted maple timber defines the ceiling and the entrance, a theme used in the New York store’s feature mezzanine. The wall behind the cash and wrap displays best selling products such as the Aurora light. Open window beds fill the store with light and product displays can be viewed from inside and out. The overall scheme is based on timber and the freestanding fixtures are bead-blasted stainless steel with a white sustainable Durat top.

The Kyoto shop will stock an edited version of MOMA Design Store’s signature selection of table, desk and personal accessories, jewellery, furniture and lighting, tech products, children’s merchandise, art reproductions and stationery, including items from the MoMA Collection. Lumsden is currently designing two new museum shops at MoMA in New York as part of the Museum’s current redevelopment programme. Lumsden previously created MoMA concessions in Loft Shibuya and Loft Ikebukuro, both in Tokyo, in 2015.

Callum Lumsden, founder and creative director of Lumsden, said: “This design has been created specifically to introduce the new MoMA retail format to the Japanese market which has an absolute passion for shopping and design led products.”

Photography by Shinya Nakamura

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