Then and Now
Using an ukiyoe technique called harimaze-e (several drawings on a single sheet of paper), different scenes of Tokyo, then-and-now, are depicted, narrating stories that go beyond time and space.
Masumi Ishikawa studied with Toyokuni Utagawa VI before going independent. He breathes new life into ukiyo-e, a 17th – 19th century Japanese style of art, creating numerous collaborative works with the likes of STAR WARS, DAVID BOWIE, KISS, Hokusai Katsushika and New Era.
Artwork consisted of old houses, aerial photos and machine parts: the unique combination of apparently disrelated images creates inner beauty.
Chiaki Hirano creates a wide variety of things with paper and a cutter knife. With a unique technique of overlapping white and black paper, he has established a new expression of paper cutout art.
Hide and Seek
Inspired by the former ryotei on Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-Seek Alley), Hide and Seek is derived from a newspaper article about the patterns of kimono and geisha culture in Kagurazaka.
Born in 1977, Alex Dodge now lives in New York. Some of his works are stored in the MoMA and the MET.
The jet black color is from a natural dye extracted from tea leaves in Shizuoka. The face is inlayed with brass as if to paint in an eye to the auspicious daruma (tumbling doll), whose expression will uniquely change over time. Add flowers to complete this art vase.
SEESEE is a homeware brand that inherits traditional Shizuoka turnery. They regard the unique texture and individual difference in their products due to handmade production as their identity, trying to enrich people’s lives by fusing traditional technology and innovative design.
In Japan, the frog is seen as a lucky symbol, since the Japanese word for frog (kaeru) is included in phrases like “to go back”, “to recover money”, “turning disaster into opportunity”, or “rejuvenation”.
The frog also being a symbol for talented entertainers, it conveys a message of having a safe trip home, since this place was formerly a training studio for geisha.
It is said that long ago, Mt. Fuji could be seen from Kagurazaka, so we created this landscape in the ranma, a transom above the sliding doors and below the ceiling, with the round shoji at the entrance symbolizing the moon. The stained glass is Japanese-inspired but the original glass came from various countries including the US, France and the UK, coupled with a different material (the moon is made of brass) that is unique to St. Heavogon Studio.
Heavogon Studio is an art studio led by Reo Taniwa, who promotes modern stained glass.
Shamisen / Pot
The pot is modeled after the shamisen (Japanese guitar) that had been stored in the geisha’s training studio and stage until before the renovation. It is glazed with Irabo glaze that crinkles during the firing to create a majestic piece of artwork.
Tabby / Pot
A pendant work to Shamisen, Tabby is connected with Kagurazaka, also originally known as a cat town. Real cat skin is used for the shamisen’s leather, and the cat portrays the guardian tiger statues at the nearby Zenkokuji Temple.
Dancer’s fan /
Like Shamisen, this work uses a dancer’s fan, a symbol of geisha, as a motif. Shinnyo (辶), a radical of kanji which means to play, is depicted on the face of the fan.
Keiko Masumoto’s production theme is “a dish that is not a dish.” She creates dynamic forms that are outside the box of art, craftwork, plating or decoration.
Once you wander into an alley in Kagurazaka and go through the wooden doors, you will be transported to another world. This work embodies the artist’s hope for you to forget life’s daily struggles and engage in lively conversation.
Formed in 2000, GELOCHOP is a 3D plastic art group of three handicraft lovers (Ryota Morikawa, Tetsuya Ozawa, Ryohei Takahashi).
Ryakubon2.0 embodies ryakubon temae (a short-cut course of the tea ceremony) as Tom Sach’s tea ceremony. The exhibition shelves are also designed by the artist.
Born in New York in 1966, Tom Sachs is known for his works inspired by modernism or design icons, many of which have been part of permanent collections in many museums around the world.
Sofa and Low Table
Stephen Kenn is an LA-based multi designer who creates furniture, leather goods and artworks. He pursues a simple, functional shape while using materials which will pleasantly age over the years.
— Stephen Kenn
Potence, another masterpiece of Jean Prouvé, is a simple walled lighting composed only of a bulb and a swing arm. The arm with a beech handle is made of a powder-coated steel tube.
— Jean Prouvé
This lamp was created in 1952 for Compagnie des arts français on the advice of architect and designer Jacques Adnet. The V-shaped, curved and tapering front legs really look like the joints of an insect.
— Serge Mouille
This exquisite floor lamp by George Nelson is composed of a cigar-shaped shade and a stable steel base, having a sculpture-like presence in any indoor space.
Released in 1962, CESTA is a well-balanced fusion of rational functionality and craftsmanship. Named by the designer Miguel Mira as the Spanish word for basket, this portable CESTITA BATERIA houses a rechargable LED module.
— Miguel Mira
In 1921, French designer BERNARD ALBIN GRASS designed simple and robust lamps for ateliers and offices. Dubbed after his name as Gras Lamp, these lighting devices have a unique fundamental structure without using any bolts or welding parts.
— BERNARD ALBIN GRASS
Bullet flat shade
Bullet flat shade is a pendant lamp from a Nara-based ligthing design company NEW LIGHT POTTERY. Keeping the hefty socket, its shade has been evenly planed to 2.3 mm in thickness by an experienced artisan; hence the beauty of sharpness can be admired from any angle.
— NEW LIGHT POTTERY