September 2015, SUMMARY

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


Special Feature


(Page 48)

To celebrates SHOTENKENCHIKU magazine’s sixty anniversary, this special issue gives you the second part of the featured coverage on Japanese modern contract interiors after 1976 through 1995. Particularly interesting is design of bars. Some of these old bars are still on business and we picked them up with interviews of their interior designers. Another notable article is a chronology with a lot of images. Two decade featured here is a rich period in various interior projects after the high-speed growth era in Japan. You are to find numerous impressive works.




(Page 82)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

GEA is a multi-brand clothing store run by Sato Seni, Sagae-citybased old topmost name spinning knitting company in Sagae city, Yamagata Prefecture, catering to world famous fashion brands. It is a renovation project based on a old stone house for manufacturing and storing sake.
The store also deals stationary, furniture, books and so on targeting not only local shoppers but also shoppers from Tokyo and abroad. Used spinning machinery was salvaged as decorations as well as vintage pieces of furniture from Paris and New York.
Designer : Gaku Hirai / TYPE SEVEN INC.




( Page 91)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

Established in 1968, GINZA MATSUNAGA is an old barber’s shop in Ginza. This June saw the salon’s new branch of the highest quality. The walls of corridor were covered with stonerock- taste thick tiles leads to five varied rooms, one of which is decorated with water-flow like glass decoration. Exquisite details of the interior represents layers of history of this barber’s new salon with high grade.
Designer : Koji Kakitani / Koji Kakitani Atelier


 FEATURE ARTICLE 1 / Casual Dining


(Page 98)

photo / Jonathan Leijonhufvud

This is the first one of famous Mexican restaurant chain set up by chef Richard Sandoval from Mexico City. Begonia flower patterned tiles around the bar area, painted floor rags, punched copper stairways, onyx decoration of a retro mini bar, aluminum shares and wrought iron parts, and unfinished wood doors are impressive. These elements represent the chef’s mixed taste of local street food and snobbish cuisine. The first floor is a casual gastro bar and the second is a full scale Mexican restaurant.
Designer : Taisuke Kamigaichi / TANSEISHA Co.,Ltd


FEATURE ARTICLE 1 / Casual Dining


(Page 102)

This cafe and restaurant opened in Kamakura City, Kanazawa Prefecture. It takes ten minutes walk from Kamakura station west exit and the site is on a corner lot along the Enoden railway. The establishment has a nice garden.
The restaurant has a high ceiling, an open kitchen with a woodenfired oven, natural wood big tables to emphasize the openness of the interior dynamically. Big openings and a terrace make customers feel free and comfortable. It also caters to counter seating around planters and deck chairs to see Enoden trains. Outside the building, there is a market for take-out users. At a corner of the garden, you find a reconstructed old platform of Enoden station that was used to be here.
Designer : Teruhisa Matsumoto / RIC DESIGN


FEATURE ARTICLE 1 / Casual Dining


(Page 107)

This French style wine bar is located in Higashi-shinsaibashi, Osaka. The neighborhood is so-called “Minami”, a very popular downtown. It occupies the first and second stories of a oblong narrow site. The frontage is 3m wide and the depth is 15m long.
The first floor is for a counter and a kitchen and the second for a private room, table seating and wine cellar. Smart use of the materials is impressive. The room is composed of aluminum sheets and mortar and it has solid wood counter. Plates of corrosion-processed brass are used for some parts of columns and walls. As the aging is a crucial for wine, the interior elements of this bar paid much attention to aging of the materials.
Designer : Reiichi Ikeda Design + TORENTA


FEATURE ARTICLE 1 / Casual Dining


(Page 117)

photo / Satoshi Asakawa

Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant hooks customers with endless surprises and intriguing beauty, but still delivers the expectation of appearance.
The layout was planned especially for SNS users as they are the power source of advertisement. Objects are positioned so that the main image would be at the centre of a photo captured at any angle. As the result, the space of one-room was overly packed.
Constructing giant sized chairs and table legs required most time and energy. Taking real object and transforming it into 500% of its size with FRP, was not the finish line. Scattering the object into pieces, then measuring them by hand, and finally resizing it again, was a very complicated handiwork that had to be conducted.
Designer : Katsunori Suzuki / FANTASTIC DESIGN WORKS CO.


FEATURE ARTICLE 2 / Fashion Store


(Page 142)

Marunouchi is a famous business area called sometimes “a threshold to Tokyo” and this store is located on a ground floor of a building in Marunouchi, dealing each brand’s merchandise of ISSEY MIYAKE. Tokujin Yoshioka, the designer of this store said that he based upon a concept of “contrast of history and future” and adopted eye-catching elements suitable for the neighborhood that is known as historical business area. Huge red triangle aluminum elements look floating in the air. The red is, of course, an express something Japonism. The wall surfaces are quite rough and look undone, which represents layers of the time passed and makes a nice backdrop for clothing.
Designer : Tokujin Yoshioka / TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC.



FEATURE ARTICLE 2 / Fashion Store


( Page 147)

PENDULE is a French word meaning “pendulum” and this store has literally has a huge skeleton clock mechanism at the storefront. The first floor sells accessories, cosmetics including organic brands and brand with royal warrant, and flowers that was produced by Koujiro Onishi, a flower artist. Also there is a cafe restaurant, produced by “enboca”, serving rice balls. The second floor covers various fashion items from luxurious brands to contemporary ones and a bookstore there sells books categorized by themes on original concept.
Designer : Tomoyuki Utsumi / milligram architectural studio



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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.