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EDITORS PICKS | SALONE DEL MILANO 2019

We Select The 5 Projects Not To Miss Ahead Of The Upcoming Design Week in Milan

Domaine Chandon

An "In-Depth Rejuvenation" & Contemporary Redesign For The Renowned Australian Winery

STONY ISLAND ARTS BANK

Conceived by Artist Theaster Gates, the Art Centre is a Pivotal Contribution to the City of Chicago

UNDER

Dining In Norway's Southern Coast Made Possible By Snøhetta

Reversible Destiny Lofts

The Vibrant Residences That Challenge Daily Perceptions Of Space & Movement, By Artist-Duo Arakawa & Gins

BLESS N°65 Not That I Can’t Wait For It

Constantly Challenging The Norm to Encourage New Perspectives

FUKURO

Down The Stairs, A Modern Japanese Izakaya In Central Hong Kong

LE CORBUSIER

The Great Swiss-French Architect's Studio-Apartment Has Been Restored And Is Now Open To The Public

SCHAULAGER

The Unassuming Contemporary Art Gallery Designed By Herzog & de Meuron

NORTON MUSEUM OF ART

Renovated by Foster + Partners, This West Palm Beach Art Institution Has Now Re-Opened Its Doors

The Chinati Foundation

The Contemporary Art Destination in Marfa Founded by Pioneering American Artist Donald Judd

NICHOLAS DALEY COLLABORATES WITH BRITISH MILLINER CHRISTYS’

British-Barbadian Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings Models The Jazz-Inspired Baker Boy Hat Collaboration

ISSEY MIYAKE’S PLEATS IN A NEW CONTEXT

Two Design Greats Join For A Technical Pleats Lifestyle Collection

TEAM LAB BORDERLESS

The Digital Art Collective's Innovative and Interactive Art Experience Now Open In Tokyo

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE AND STUDIO

American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Home and Studio Is Nothing Short Of A Masterpiece

FREDERIK BILLE BRAHE’S APOLLO BAR

Run By Copenhagen's Most Exciting Chef - An Entrepreneurial Polymath - You'll Find Apollo Bar Tucked Within The Walls Of The Iconic Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Tokyo’s Best Interiors & Spaces

We Highlight Some Of Tokyo's Most Fascinating Contemporary Architecture & Design

March, 2018
Homme Plisse, Issey Miyake, designed by Naoto Fukasawa, Tokyo

Homme Plissé Issey Miyake: Found in the backstreets of Daikanyama, a striking two-storey concrete and light-filled space holds an interior designed by Naoto Fukasawa. Simplicity is key here, with beams and fixtures presenting the pleat garments as if they are “floating in space”. More here.

Anjin, T-Site Daikanyama, Tokyo ⓒ Michael Holmes

Anjin, T-Site’s dimly lit café, bar and restaurant space located in their central building, is perhaps their most succinct articulation of the T-Site experience. With its leather lounges and impressive archive of cult print titles such as EsquireSelf Service and Brutus – which are all available to peruse freely in the lounge – the space invokes a rare sense of openness, allowing it to be come a genuine part of the city and to forge a unique connection with its customers. More here.

Nikunotoriko by Ryoji Iedokoro, Tokyo

Over a spectacular two-story space, one Japanese yakiniku restaurant in Roppongi stands out from the rest from its striking, considered design. Tokyo-based architect Ryoji Iedokoro has created a unique restaurant interior design for Yakiniku Nikunotoriko, located on a corner site in the heart of the Roppongi area. The corner site provides passers by with a transparent look at the restaurant interior from outdoors, with both of its two floors completely visible as if split in half. From a distance, it’s clear to see the design concept, that focussed on the origins of human (connected with the primal diet of meat). More here.

Sahsya Kanetanaka, Omotesando, Tokyo, designed by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hidden away on the second floor of a commercial building on Tokyo’s bustling Omotesando Dori, a modernised traditional Japanese cafe and restaurant Sahsya Kanetanaka sits in the heart of Omotesando, heralding a minimalist design by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. White, curves found in the seating are juxtaposed against sharp, elongated tables in a light-filled and open interior facing an outside garden showcasing each of Japan’s seasons. A contemplative space, with attention to detail and simplicity at it’s finest.

Koffee Mameya by Studio 14SD, Tokyo

Found deep in the backstreets between Harajuku and Omotesando lies Koffee Mameya, the reincarnation of owner Eichii Kunimoto and its previous predecessor sibling Omotesando KoffeeFound in the same location, the new box-like design champions the contemporary contrast of concrete and wood, again helmed by design studio 14SD and head designer Yosuke Hayashi. More here.

Blue Bottle, Nakameguro, designed by Jo Nagasaka / Schemata

One of the greatest things we admire about Tokyo-based architect Jo Nagasaka and his firm Schemata, is his use of common and sustainable materials and simplistic, restrained design. Nothing is exaggerated, and every element has been designed to serve a purpose and function. Here, at Blue Bottle Nakameguro cafe, roastery and training space. A glass facade allows plenty of natural light throughout the 3-floor renovated building, whilst “establishing a visual relationship of “see and be seen” so that people become aware of each other’s presence wherever they are in the space.”

Kayaba Coffee, by Yuko Nagayama, Tokyo

Absolutely unlike anywhere else, Kayaba Coffee located in East Tokyo’s Yanaka neighbourhood is also found by the renowned Scai The Bathhouse Gallery, created by the same visionary owner Masami Shiraishi. Originally built in 1916, KAYABA Coffee is a classic Japanese kissaten, renovated by architect Yuko Nagayama who retained the coffeehouses’ original charm. More here.

AM Project, Harajuku, Tokyo

Located in an unassuming residential apartment building in Tokyo’s Harajuku area, AM Project is a destination in itself as you enter through its dark narrow walkway, into a black-walled interior with levelled walkway. In a very minimalist interior darkened by minimal lighting, the black wooden walkway is almost floating, providing a heightened view of a usual gallery experience. As an independent gallery space, it presents the works of Japan’s legendary underground photographers; find exhibitions of Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Kazumi Kurigami, and Sakiko Nomura in a fascinating, darkened interior. Here, enter the world of Araki and his peers. More here.

Aesop, Nakameguro, designed by Simplicity (Shinichiro Ogata)

With a spacious entrance and interior, Aesop continues it’s run of graciously spectacular interiors with it’s Nakameguro outpost, designed by Shinichiro Ogata of Simplicity. Inspired by the design of Japanese homes from the 1950’s, find tile details and copper fittings with custom-made Japanese (teak) wood cupboards that, depending on your position, provide an illusion of hidden products. Clever contemporary design with a nod to cultural history.

March, 2018