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2008年07月16日

「DRASTIC RENOVATION」Shirakawa Residence

Ogaki city is situated in the southwest part of Gifu prefecture of the Tokai district. The Shirakawa residence stands in the residential area close to the center of that city.
About 10 years ago, the owner found this 70 to 80-year-old building (which used to be a dressmaking school) while commuting, and was mesmerized by it. Then, she decided to retire. She herself painted the walls and laid out tiles and completed a specialized store for pasta and cheesecakes. After that, she opened another specialized store for quiches and soup in the space next to the first shop. This third renovation is to have a separate building for a residence and to renovate the part of the building which hasn't been used for a long time into an annex. The owner asked architect Keiichi Irie to design this renovation.
About 4 years ago, the owner visited an antique shop in Kyoto to look for a stool to put it in the shop and by accident, she found her favorite door. Since then, it took her about 3 years to collect 13 doors. Irie expanded his imagination based on those doors. He made the residential area as simple as possible to make those fixtures and nostalgic furnishings received from the previous owner look their best. Simultaneously, Irie utilized the unused outside spaces around buildings and newly established three courtyards. The opening of the room facing the courtyard was glassed-in for the whole wall so that one can view the greens from anywhere, creating a wide-open atmosphere. On the other hand, an annex was left with the existing layout plan and pillars and beams were reinforced with iron frames, keeping its original image intact.

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Architect : Keiichi Irie

「DRASTIC RENOVATION」Tamura Residence

The owner used to live in a rental apartment. While he was taking a walk in the north part of Yokohama-city in Kanagawa prefecture of the Kanto district, surrounded by greens, he spotted a 19-year-old public apartment building overlooking the trees in pedestrian paths. He purchased one unit and decided to renovate the apartment to materialize his own ideal image. Through a friend's introduction, he asked interior designer, Tomomichi Natsume to design his residence.
Because of box-frame construction, they basically couldn't change the existing layout plan. However, the owner asked to lay out the tiles of a designer, Agnes Emery from Antwerp, Belgium and the walls were painted colorfully to match the tiles. And thus, an expressive residence was born. Moreover, wooden floors were finished with an antique touch by deliberately making scratches on the floor. A plain sliding door is reminiscent of an old elementary school. On the other hand, the open shelf set in the living room and the kitchen were constructed by the owner with ready-to-assemble furniture. The owner himself sanded the boards and painted with a paint that was pre-ordered by the paint maker. The owners themselves made efforts to create a residence where they can enjoy their lifestyle, and were able to create a comfortable space.

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Architect : Tomomichi Natsume

Close upは、Textile Designer「NEISHA CROSLAND」

British textile designer Neisha Crosland studied graphic design at the Camberwell School of Art. While she was studying there, she was inspired by textiles created in the 15th and 16th centuries ottoman textiles which are on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum and decided to become a textile designer. In 1994, Neisha launched her own label, "Neisha Crosland," and handles the designs of interior fabric and walllcoverings.
Neisha's sources for her ideas are varied, much like the art that she saw at the exhibitions. She gets inspiration from antiques presented at auctions, vintage dresses, relief of her own furniture at home, etc. Moreover, she respects the things that influenced her, so her works have a nostalgic feel to them.
To her, the action of "repeat" is important. By repeating, her works get more colors and sometimes the work drastically changes. It is just like music- even a simple motif can change the whole thing depending on the combination.
Once Neisha decides on the design, she selects suitable colors and materials. In the case of fabrics, different kinds of fabrics like prints, weaves, silk, wool, etc. are ordered from various factories. Trial productions are repeated at factories according to her requests. Neisha puts an importance on communicating with craftsmen with knowledge and skills, and control every process of manufacturing. Neisha Crosland's fabric and wallcoverings are produced in 15 factories in the territory of Europe. At present, Neisha's fabrics are exported in 15 countries like America, France, Australia etc.

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