October 2016, SUMMARY

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




(Page 62)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

photo / Nacasa & Partners

“CALL”, new store of minä perhonen opened currently on the fifth floor of Spiral, a cultural complex in Aoyama, Tokyo. The store name means “creation all” and “calling”; As it suggests, the store sells various things, on the global scale, selected by Akira Minagawa, the designer of “minä perhonen”. Uniquely the store, combined with in-store cafe “Ie to Niwa”. One of impressive elements of the environment is a dome ceiling covered with original fabric from minä perhonen. “SAKURAI JAPANESE TEA EXPERIENCE”, a famous tearoom, moved from Nishi-Azabu, which is designed by SIMPLICITY opens same floor of CALL.
The room opens till eleven p.m. as a bar.
Designer : Landscape Products(CALL)




(Page 73)

Mobile shops and small shops can make the most of vacant space in a city and irregular-shaped lots and also provid challenging business projects for the owners. This article covers ten projects including EL CAMION, a craft beer vending truck, LEAVES COFFEE APARTMENT / McLean, small coffee and burger stand on a narrow site in Kuramae, Tokyo. Plus here, photo pages of MOBILE SHOP PHOTO GALLERY and columns on design hints and trends.


FEATURE ARTICLE/FIne Dining & Restaurant


(Page 116)

THE APOLLO, Sydney-based Greek restaurant opened Tokyo branch on the top floor of Tokyu Plaza Ginza (see June issue).
Australian design firm George Livissianis created the environment, following the previous one in Sydney, mixing something old and new. A long marble counter is very impressive. The layout of the interior urges communications among customers. The interior looks chic and cool and balances refinement and roughness and representing steep mountains of Greek islands, kicking out the cliche blue and white banality.
Designer : George Livissianis


FEATURE ARTICLE/FIne Dining & Restaurant


(Page 125)

So-called a new American Dining tavern on S〈és〉 is located on the second floor of NEWoMan SHINJUKU (See June issue) and opens from seven in the morning to four midnight. They serve tasty sandwich, juicy fried chicken, and other west coast casual foods.
A drink bar-area is encircled by a counter and private seating areas are near openings and dining areas face to the kitchen. Fin DAC, a Londoner artist painted a wall painting on a brick-tiled wall.
Designer : Kenichi Nagasaki / KROW


FEATURE ARTICLE/FIne Dining & Restaurant


Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel

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Located in Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel in Towada city, AOMORI APPLE KITCHEN is a buffet restaurant for hotel guests. As Towada city is in Aomori prefecture that leads Japan in production of apple, the interior design reflects such local color. Near an entrance approach, there is a so-called “apple cellar” composed of apple stock shelves, beautifying the entrance traffic line. A chandelier, based on apple trees, is decorated by 650 glass pieces handblown by local craftsmen. This glass artwork shows uneven coloring and shapes that make proclamation of the local natural beauty. Surrounded by green forests, the restaurant in a resort hotel shows harmony of modern and traditional cultural icons.
Designer : Fumihiko Fujii / fan


FEATURE ARTICLE/FIne Dining & Restaurant


(Page 153)

This project is in Setagaya, Tokyo, as a dwelling with French restaurant. The chef and his family live in the second and third story of the building. The architect is Shigeru Ban, one of most famous Japanese architects. The project uses frame construction, exposing wood columns and beams in and out of the building, without using metallic joints. Standing on the corner of the site, the establishment has two big sliding glass doors to view a pedestrian path. So it can be open to the outside. The back wall of the interior and bench seat used paper tubes. Chairs and lamps also used paper tubes. Motto of the restaurant is “ French cuisine by chopsticks “ and it is supported and beefed up by the architect’s design and magic.
Designer : Shigeru Ban / SHIGERU BAN ARCHITECTS


FEATURE ARTICLE/FIne Dining & Restaurant


(Page 165)

La Cime, located in Sankyubashi-suji Osaka, is known as a Michelin two-star French restaurant. The facade, inspired by a history of urban landscape of Paris, represents a feeling of France. Walls were finished authentically by plaster-craftsmen with organic materials mixed with coral powder from Amamioshima island, chef’s home province. The interior looks quite simple and minimum with high-quality furniture and illumination and the atmosphere is subdued, comfortable and luxurious.
Just like a game by chef’s fun, some symbol logos of the restaurant are concealed in somewhere.
Designer : Hiroyuki Ogura / DRAWERS




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This restaurant court is located in Aeon Mall in Tokoname city, Aichi Prefecture. The design theme is “maneki-neko”, a common Japanese lucky and Tokoname city is famous for its production of ceramic manekineko. Based upon a series of famous print “Fifty three stations of Tokaido” by Hiroshige, the interior environment reminds us of a post station in Edo era. Two main hallways stretch east to west and south to north with four gates for each end of the road. In the center of the court, there is a huge maneki-neko statue named “Otafuku” as an icon. Gabled roof looks dynamic and the atmosphere is vivid. Also, tiled-roofs, wood lattices, wood signboards, lantern signs, are attractive, showing up all the tenants in there.
Designer : Yukio Hashimoto / hashimoto yukio design 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.