August 2015, SUMMARY

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


Special Feature


(Page 38)

This issue of SHOTENKENCHIKU makes the memorial one to celebrate its 60 years of business. The first issue of SHOTENKENCHIKU was August 1956, when Japan, ten years after the end of World War II, recovered somehow and was on starting line of a rapid growth period. Post-war Japan gradually saw mushrooming contract interior design needs and the people did not have even a job category of interior designer at that time. Sixty years have passed since then. Now the Japanese interior designers became the world leaders, through ups and downs of economy. From this issue, SHOTENKENCHIKU looks back its history in three successive issues. Two major interior design leaders, Takashi Sugimoto and Shigeru Uchida, both of them work more than forty years in this line of business, talk about the contract commercial interior design history in Japan, which reminds us of importance of sixties as the age of new culture including design. Their comments clarify the problem that we have to face and to solve. The featured article includes a lot of images and visual chronology of commercial interior design.




( Page 64)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

Tokyu Toyoko Railway line partly goes underground and the company got some vacant sites on the ground, so they recently built, on a site, a commercial complex named LOG ROAD DAIKANYAMA. It is composed of five buildings on a 3,200㎡ entire length is 220m. A full-length promenade and garden make here an impressive landscape filled with flowers for all four seasons. Among the tenants are SPRING VALLEY BREWERY TOKYO, a dining with brewery for crafted beer, FRED SEGAL, a lifestyle shop, and GARDEN HOUSE CRAFTS, a restaurant based upon a theme of “local and craft”.
Designer : Tokyu Architects & Engineers INC. GENERAL DESIGN CO.,LTD.




(Page 78)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

TSUTAYA ELECTRICS opened on a two-storied commercial building “Futakotamagawa rise” in Tokyo. The environmental concept is “an electronics emporium” where shoppers can get new life styles.
The store is both on the ground and the second floor, along with other tenants like bookstore, cafe, interior design shop, beauty salon and so on. The layout of the store is characteristic. A dining and lounge area is around the central stairwell and it is surrounded by a bookstore whose sales areas are linked to an electronics shop, a botanical shop, and an interior goods shop. The floor plan layout is intentionally set up blindly for shoppers to feel exciting to encounter and re-encounter some new corners whenever they come. Art works in the interior remind us of a something like backstreet feeling.
Designer : Tomoko Ikegai / IKG


FEATURE ARTICLE 1 / International Cuisine Restaurant


( Page 90)

photo / Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Located at level 7 of Four Seasons Marunouchi Hotel that offers 270 degrees view of the historic Tokyo Station, Motif embraces the spirit of modern voyage. Over a 330㎡ space with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows that spans a vast 65m width, Fu began his approach by crafting the space into a trio of distinct areas : the Living Room for hand crafted cocktails with a glittering urban backdrop; the Gastronomic Gallery, an interactive culinary experience that animates and delights; and the Social Salon, a sensuous lounge where sophisticated yet relaxed dining makes its home. The holistic experience defines Fu’s language of relaxed luxury.


FEATURE ARTICLE 1 / International Cuisine Restaurant


(Page 112)

The front facade of this oyster bar THE CAVE DE OYSTER TOKYO uses sand stone and brass to express something luxuriously matured in quality and it makes us think of a cave where they keep vintage wines. The interior has a value ceiling decorated by teardrop-shaped ball lamps and stainless steel mirror plates, which remind us of a richness of the sea. This restaurant caters for one person, couples, groups and other various types of customers on any occasions, with a bar counter, high counter, sofa seating, and lounge area.
Designer : Yuji Chikano / studio terra



FEATURE ARTICLE 1 / International Cuisine Restaurant


(Page 127)

ALOHA AMIGO opened in April at Six Harajuku Terrace in Harajuku, Tokyo, serving fusion cuisine of Hawaiian and Mexican. There are various types of seating to accept any type of customers. Seats on the terrace and volumious space with big openings are particularly comfortable as you can enjoy breezing and natural light. Full of out door feeling like an open house.
Designer : Naoto Adachi / Adachi Naoto Design Office


FEATURE ARTICLE 2 / Accessory & Hat Shop


(Page 152)

photo / Satoshi Asakawa

A jewelry brand “shihara” opened a directly-managed shop on a backstreet of Harajuku. It is very minimum and geometric, designed by talented architect unit, getting rid of common decorations.
The space has only displaying fixtures and mirrors at right angle on concrete wall surface. The jewelries are displayed on cantilever magnetic glass shelves and the times look floating as the thin glass plates, and simple interior conjures up magical lightness and visual illusion of depth in our mind.
Designer : Masahiro Harada + MAO / MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO


FEATURE ARTICLE 2 / Accessory & Hat Shop

CA4LA Nishinomiya Gardens

(Page 156)

CA4LA is a national store dealing headwears. Each store is designed to fit each neighborhood and this one here picked up is located in Hankyu department store in Nishinomiya city, Hyogo Prefecture. It is based upon a theme of “amusement” to target families and it has merry-go-round like symbolic installation for merchandises, making the most of high ceiling. The installation makes the shoppers share an amusing atmosphere and circulate the shop environment. The interior color scheme is basically bright to make a harmony with the brand image of a classical standard. Designer : Takao Katsuta / LINE-INC.


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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.