October 2014, SUMMARY

SHOTENKENCHIKU is monthly magazine of Japanese interior design / store design / commercial architecture


CASA LOEWE Omotesando

(Page 44)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

CASA LOEWE Omotesando is a three-storied new store that represents the brand's three themes ; excellence of the maison, innovativeness, and traditional craftsmanship. The environment, together with new collection by J. W. Anderson and display of Hamada's artful ceramics, looks very sharp and rich in its textures. The interior design was an homage to LOEWE Madrid Serrano created by architect Javier Carvajal in 1959. Bronze beams and black marble exterior, Willam Morris antique furniture and other fixtures are reminiscent of the original design.

Designer : LOEWE S.A.



GIVENCHY Omotesando Store

(Page 50)

This store is the first flagship-shop in Japan for the GIVENCY that had currently a new creative director Riccardo Tisci. The interior environment shows the mixed feeling of noble elegance, dark romanticism, sensuality, and neo-classicism. The facade design was inspired by a shape of a cross to impress visitors. Five boxes, made of burnt-textured black oak exhibit mens and women's accessories. Inside the boxes were covered with white marble, Calacatta marble, and a volcanic rock Basaltina.

Designer : Givenchy Architecture Department



POSILLIPO  – cucina meridionale –

Page 56)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

Commanding views of emerald green East China Sea, this Italian rooftop bar and restaurant is located in a building in Okinawa. To make the most of this nice location, the establishment was designed to let customers enjoy feeling of the sea even after the beautiful setting sun. The basic color is white and blue mosaic tiles, as in patterns of waves, accent the space. The floors were covered with nine-colored herringbone pattern to represent ripples. A rooftop terrace is amusing with day-bed seats for couples and a color-changing counter, an observation deck where you can see takeoff and landing of airplanes in Naha airport.

Designer : SWeeT


feature article 1 : International Cuisine Restaurant

LEI GARDEN  iapm Mall

(Page 64)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

This big Chinese restaurant is located in a newly-open mega-class shopping mall in Shanghai. The basic key color is sea blue and the wood louvers are intriguingly used to present an imaginary maison under the sea. The louvers dynamically make a dining area and VIP area in wavy lines. In the main dining room, the louvers extend from the floor radially to cover the whole area. Twelve private rooms in three different design are attractive, one is, for example, decorated with moldings and etched mirrors and the other one with cut glass and leather coverages.

Designer : hashimoto yukio design studio



All Day Dining PERGOLA

(Page 72)

photo / Takao Kato

This buffet restaurant is located on the fifteenth story of Marriott Nagoya Associa and is created from a cafe, and it soon became a face of the hotel. The interior was designed by Los Angels-based Gulla Jonsdottir and she set there motifs, sky, wing, and cloud. There are about 900 bottles of wine stocked in the cellar and pendant lamps on the ceiling are impressive representing clouds. Buffet counters in the back are attractive. Bar counter is also available.

Designer : Gulla Jonsdottir


featured material :


(Page 97)

photo / Kozo Takayama

Here are notable projects with amazing use of tiles with related interviews of the designers. The case studies include clothing store, cafe, and restaurant and the interviews include tile manufacturer Range, trading company Avelco, tile craftsman Amane Shiraishi. Also, interview with interior designer Hisanobu Tsujimura is inspiring, as he often uses the tiles for his work smartly.


feature article 2 : BOUTIQUE


(Page 140)

photo / Masaya Yoshimura

COMPOLUX is a muliti-brand retail area on the women's floor of Seibu Department-store Shibuya. Design theme is to divide each brand clearly and to have flexible displayers to catch up new collection of each season. Impressive is the suspending fences on which coat-hangers are placed and they make here a small-park like environment. Ring sofas are like fountains. The fences are in six patterns and some of them have built-in lamps. The tiles of the floor remind us of a stone pavement.

Designer : nendo



HIROFU Roppongi Hills

(Page 145)

photo / Kozo Takayama

Ten years after it opened, shoes and bag shop HIROFU Roppongi Hills was remodeled recently. The renovated one followed the senses of space and textures of the original one. The glass showcases around the entrance are original and left as they were, reflecting the trees of the street and bringing in brightness and transparency inside. Also black-rusted steel shelves are original and were re-organized to fit to the new layout. Newly introduced is a display frame that uses the whole window whose height and width are well designed to fit the sizes of displayed items. Voluminous leather sofas and other staid interior fixtures make shoppers feel comfortable.

Designer : spinoff





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SHOTENKENCHIKU is the only magazine which has been dedicating to Japanese store design and commercial architecture since 1956. The magazine offers readers the very latest interior design of restaurants, hotels, fashion stores, hair salons, etc with many pictures, detailed floor plans and information of main materials. It is considered to be a must-read for architects, interior designers.