January 2016, SUMMARY

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




(Page 58)  

Designers are, under the severe conditions of their projects, to work speedy and deliberately. On the other hand, it is arguably important to know how constructors and builders work, understanding drawings and plans from the designers. This featured article, including a lot of interviews, focuses on builders who are proud of their high-quality professionalism. Here you designers will find a lot of actual advice and business hints for your work, such as communication skills with builders, ways of reading estimates, trouble shooting methods, etc.




Dominique Bouchet Tokyo

(Page 84)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

This restaurant was designed upon a concept of chef’s private residence. Guests are introduced from entrance to a study, a living room, a dining room, and a private room.
Each room, like an apartment in Paris, segmented to make visitors experience each room with different atmosphere. Movable partitions in the dining room dot irregularly, interrupting people’s views, giving them pleasure of discovering something in the rooms.
Designer : Nao Taniyama / NAO Taniyama & Associates




(Page 90)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

Optician EYEVAN opened in this August in Kyoto BAL, commercial complex currently remodeled. Designer of this project struggled to keep high quality of the spatial design, collaborating with GLAS ITALIA, a company specializing in crystal and glasswork. Particularly notable is Prism Mirror Table, which shows subtle and various expression from viewers’s angles, are stationed carefully, considering lighting design and simulation research of shopper’s activity. Shoppers can see, by indirect lighting, their faces most beautifully wearing glasses here.
Designer : Tokujin Yoshioka / TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC.


FEATURE ARTICLE 1/Japanese Restaurant


( Page 115)

photo / Jonathan Leijonhufvud

A Japanese restaurant ONOGI is located in Hiroo, Tokyo. A big crude stub of red pine is hanging from the ceiling of the entrance and the roots of the tree on the ceiling extend to other areas. A lot of wood parts were used in private rooms and are with a big table. Those represent spirit of Japanese cuisine and this restaurant’s motto that everything can be fit together and every cooking ingredient can be used up. The height of the counter and that of chef’s work table is the same to show people cooking vividly. Designer : Takahiro Yamazaki / HOLOGRAM LTD.



FEATURE ARTICLE 1/Japanese Restaurant


(Page 130)

Located on the second story of a building in Azabu, Tokyo, Sushi YOSHII is like an urban repeat that can accept only three groups of people at night. The interior is very calm and simple upon a concept of a natural environment with mostly natural materials for serving genuine and natural sushi. So, the artless material like concrete, steel plates and footing plates were used impressively exposing natural surfaces and textures.
Also impressive is the decorated art pieces that include work by Yayoi Kusama, Hiroshi Sugimoto and other famous contemporary artists. Customers can enjoy both art-like sushi and literal art pieces, and the environment makes frames for such art, so to say.
Designer : Makoto Tanijiri + Ai Yoshida / SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE


FEATURE ARTICLE 2/Amusement Space


(Page 158)

This is a remodeling project of a Hanyu parking area on Tohoku Motorway. This project was executed upon a theme of Edo-era and inspired by novelist Shotarou Ikenami and his work. Heizo Hasegawa, head of the special police of the 18th century, Edo-era is one of a popular hero appeared in Ikenami’s novel. The details of the project are upon images about Heizo Hasegawa. The building is made of steel construction, plaster and mortar and the appearance applies fake-old finish. It cannot be helped, as the traditional Edo-era house is hard to be built today by original way, and the fake old is not just always fake making visitors and users comfortable in such old atmosphere.
Designer : Keita Aono / NOMURA Co.Ltd


FEATURE ARTICLE 2/Amusement Space

109 CINEMAS Futakotamagawa

(Page 167)

Opened in Futakotamagawa Station building RISE, this is the first cinema complex in Setagaya ward, Tokyo. Near the entrance of the complex, there is a hilly space connecting to rooftop garden, where people enjoy trailer viewing and public viewing. The gate and wall to each theater is lit up by indirect lighting softly. This cinema complex is not just a theater but also a hill-like open space for any visitors.
Designer : Toshiyuki Okubo / FIELD FOUR DESIGN OFFICE




(Page 209)

This featured article includes reports on Tokyo Design Week (TDW), and other related events, exhibitions, and installations during a term in fall in Tokyo. Some of the events like “Any Tokyo” and “TDW” attracts even overseas designers and media.
Designers contribute to brand some products of companies and enjoy presenting experience-based installations. These events, needless to say, promote human resources of design industry and help to create new ideas and new styles in Japan.



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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.