November 2016, SUMMARY

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



VALENTINO Omotesando

(Page 54)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

Located at Omotesando, Tokyo, this makes a flagship shop of Valentino. Through a big glazed front opening, you see terrazzo walls and a big column. The store is simple and solemn. The column is made of 1,380㎜ diameter white marble from Carrara district, Italy. It also looks like a sculpture composed of minimum parts. Stairwells, composed by 30㎜ thick terrazzo planes with shadow-joints, so that the whole stairs look being drilled in a marble mass. The interior space is composed by 345㎜ square module. The size of the opening and the positions of shelves, fixtures, and lamps were all determined by the module.
Designer : David Chipperfield Architects




(Page 62)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

Nakanoshima Library was established in 1904 in Nakanoshima, Osaka. This cafe opened in there currently as a renovation project. It serves Danish open sandwich “smørrebrød” and it is operated by Yusuke Hotta, who cooks healthy and seasonably attractive dishes, using various foods from all over Japan. Letting the natural light in, the cafe is laid out with a kitchen as the focal point and the kitchen portrayed as bookshelves stocking a lot of memory of the library and knowledge of the library books. Making the most of the historical atmosphere, the cafe also introduces a natural feeling and impressive colors of a copper radiator and Scandinavian elements.
Designer : Yoshiyuki Morii / cafe co.




(Page 66)

photo / Jonathan Leijonhufvud

This cafe faces to concourse to Shinjuku station, one of the busiest stations in the world. This cafe came from West Coast, the first one in Japan. Although the project location looks rather busy, the designer dared to make a quiet and warm place.
Schematic colors are pale and warm with accents of art pieces and green plants. Tiles and lighting fixtures are custom-made and the vertical lines are emphasized. Solid lumbers, unfinished brass panels, marble and other natural materials are shaped in lines, and cold-touch materials like tiles and veneer are either painted or used in flower pattern.
Designer : Takao Ozono / Salt.




(Page 69)

Kaikado, established in 1875 in Kyoto, is a tea bottle manufacturer. This cafe, run by the company, opened on Kawarashichijyo in Kyoto to make a showcase of the traditional craftsmanship of the company. 100 years old concrete building of city tram depot was renovated as a new establishment, interiordesigned by Danish company OeO Studio and architecturaldesigned by YOBAI. The facade, stairways and some parts of walls and floors were salvaged being added by new functional parts. Curtains, furniture, and tableware are quite original reminding us of traditional craftsmanship of Kyoto.
Designer : OeO Studio + YOBAI




(Page 82)

Cuban and Mexican restaurant Cafe Habana firstly opened in New York in 1997 and this year we saw a new one on the street in Daikanyama, Tokyo. It is also near Shibuya. Mixing cultures of New York, Latin and Tokyo, the establishment expresses something special in Tokyo. Impressive is blue facade and opening, vivid orange painted walls with graphics by artists.
Japaneseque grid pattern on the ceiling and graphics of ninja and cherry blossoms look cute. Sean Meenan, the owner, told a story about the design in an article.
Designer : Takuma Inoue / everedge



MODULEX Global Head Office

(Page 144)

ModuleX is one of the famous Japanese manufactures of lamps and equipment. The headquarters of the company was currently remodeled. The floor area was doubled to have more space for academic and creative uses, aiming to beef up company’s high profile. ModuleX was established in 1973 and set up brand named “USHIOSPAX” in 1976 with a motto “from light to lighting”. Teruhisa Matsumoto, one of two designers who worked for this office project, set a goal to make an office for a super global brand company. The designer used themes of “academic & creative” and “next Japanese standard”. Kengo Kuma designed colossal bookshelves and they stock numerous books on modern design. Designer : kengo kuma and associates + RIC DESIGN




(Page 162)

A famous artist Takashi Murakami and his team Kaikai Kiki opened their office on the fourth story of Nakano-broadway mall in Nakano, Tokyo. Based upon a theme of nostalgic alleys, this office was designed by Yoshinori Hamakura, who is famous for his project of Ebisu-yokocho, a kind of a food court filled with small bars and located in a narrow site in Ebisu. The facade looks like an izakaya tavern with s small tobacco kiosk. Along the central corridor, there are various small spaces like bar counter, public bath lounge, tavern with a mirror ball etc. All areas have aged surfaces to express an imaginary alley in “Showa Era (pre-WWII)” style. Retro neon signs and posters are workable to create a right atmosphere.
Designer : Hamakura-Style Store Factory




(Page 173)

Familiar to our magazine, featured article on toilet design. This time we focus on not only clean and sanitary aspect of the toilet but toilet as a store identity.
Here are three categories of the toilets: ones in restaurants, public toilets, toilets in big shopping malls. For example, toilets in Tessin Kariya-ekimae, is intriguingly pained silver and gold. Toilets in KITTE Hakata were design upon images of Audrey Hepburn. And other interesting sixteen examples. Also, as usual, interviews with designer of each washroom. Readers are to see how trend of toilet design interns of function and advertising potential.



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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.