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2011年12月20日

Stay simple and comfort / N residence

The house of architect Makoto Nozawa stands in a residential area full of nature in a suburb of Tokyo. Mr.Nozawa designs in broad areas, ranging from houses and commercial spaces in Japan to hotel renovations outside Japan. For a long time, he wanted his house to be a mix of vintage and mid-century modern style furniture with a Parisian and Danish flair. The house looks like a flat building but is actually a 2-story wooden structured house with a gable roof. On the ground floor, the living room, dining room and kitchen are on the west side and the den and bedroom are centered around the entrance on the east side. On the attic (which is like a second floor), there is a closet and free space. The living dining room is a bright room with the sun shining all day long through the void above. A big opening was created on the north side facing the park. The walnut flooring matches well with the Mid-century sofa and TV rack and the Parisian table, and the kilim rug and cushion are good accent pieces. On the west side, a terrace resembling a lanai from southern islands faces the lawn and gently connects the interior and exterior of the house. Also, the house is full of playful designs like its usage of old hotel doors.


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2011年12月22日

Stay simple and comfort / H residence

The H residence stands in a quiet area of Setagaya, Tokyo. Its massive exterior gives a gentle impression because of the cream-colored scraped walls and the horizontal eaves. The architect Yousuke Inoue divided the building into several volumes and positioned them unevenly to try and create variety in the space. Utilizing the spacious land of 366m2, he presented a 2-story concrete building on the south side and a 1-story living room building on the north side. On the ground floor, the approach and garage are positioned toward the front-road side, the kitchen and dining room in the center, and the living room on the north side. Private rooms and bathrooms are located on the 2nd floor. he high-ceiling living room is very spacious, and connected with the garden by giant glass openings on both the east and west sides, which each face the gardens. The living room, the Japanese room and the dining room are laid out in a L-shape surrounding the garden, with the Japanese room in between the living and dining rooms. The garden, covered with wooden flooring, is like a second living room and has great ambiance created by the deciduous trees. The materials used in the interior are mainly natural materials like wood, stone and sand plaster which makes the interior very warm, with a sophisticated feel. Creating several gardens in addition to the main garden, (like the Japanese garden on the west side, the front yard and the approach garden), connect the interior with the exterior, and allows one to coexist with nature.


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2011年12月25日

Beautiful way of Molding

The mixed interior of different countries and periods has become popular recently. Mixed styles place emphasis on the resident’s comfort and personality rather than the style of the furniture itself. It is a house that is not only modern but has the ease of timeless comfort. The ease creates uniqueness and leads to a comfortable and relaxing house. Japanese modern architecture is simple and minimal, created with walls that lack texture and level differences. As a result, houses tend to be beautiful, like a simple box, but lack warmth and personal uniqueness. Fundamentally, a house should be a place to relax and a place for families and friends to gather. Thus, it is necessary to gain back a level of comfort by adding more expressiveness to overly modern architecture. In this issue, we focus on molding as an item to balance the architecture and interior. The history of molding is described starting from its usage in ancient Greek architecture to its use as a modern decoration. Moreover, from a practical perspective, we describe how to select and install molding that suit Japanese architecture. Also, usage of molding in foreign countries and variations of molding are picked up to encourage interest in interior decoration that adds expression to the current modernity seen in homes today.


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2011年12月26日

CLOSE-UP / ASTIER de VILLATTE

Benoîr Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli, the owner and main designer of a French interior shop ASTIER de VILLATTE visited Japan and presented their new collection at their familiar interior shop H.P. DECO in Omotesando. The two always designed naturally and designed what they themselves wanted from the establishment of ASTIER de VILLATTE in 1996. The boutique at 173 Santenore, PARIS, which opened in year 2000, helped make the brand into one of the leading interior brands in France, and still attracts focus from around the world. The two, who often collaborate with various artists, collaborated with their friend artist John Derian, who decoupages old illustrations on glass and presented a new ceramic collection. The two wanted and tried to create art with color, but were not able to create what they wanted. With their collaboration with John Derian, however, they were able to create a marble motif series along with the birds and insect motif series. Both added colorful variations to the white world of ASTIER de VILLATTE and hinted at other possibilities for the future. Astier de Villatte and Pericoli were always pleasant during the interview. The products hand-made in the PARIS atelier was done without compromise, and creates a strong presence like an object, yet gives a warm and rustic feel. It is as if their pleasant character can be felt from their products.


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2011年12月28日

CLOSE-UP designer / Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand joined the Le Corbusier atelier at the age of 24 and worked on interior and space design. Charlotte Perriand added warmth to the functional architecture Le Corbusier created. Her masterpiece Grand Confort (LC) represents her attitude toward creation. Her daughter Pernette Perriand says “My mother loved LC7 that had the green frame to the natural leather. And the Grand Comfort (LC) series was initially made with only natural or colored leather, and had no black design”. It is surprising to know that originally, the chrome frame with black leather combination did not exist, because is the most common combination now. Charlotte’s pursuit of material and color gave Le Corbusier tremendous inspiration. Charlotte visited Japan in 1940, as the director of exporting art crafts. She was very shocked by Japanese architecture and the fact that sizes of Tatami and Japanese-style doors were fixed. In her notes when she visited Japan, she states “ there are all the origins of modernism in Japan”. In the fall of 2011, the furniture Charlotte designed was reproduced from Cassina ixc. The organic and innovative furniture still merges with 21st century houses.


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2011年12月29日

Designer Talk / Yokobori Architect & Associates

Prestigious façades and interiors designed with attention to detail – The houses that the Yokobori Architect & Associates creates are elegant and luxurious, and the interior and exterior are beautifully integrated. The designers are architect Kenichi Yokobori and interior designer Tomoko Komata. From their initial presentation, furniture is laid out in the plan and material boards with floor & wall material, along with furniture and curtain samples are presented. This helps to broaden the client’s perspective and helps the designers exchange ideas with their clients from the start. After studying at University of Miami, Mr.Yokobori worked in Ardo Rossi‘s Japan office. Ms.Komata worked for Shigeru Uchida, who was art director of architecture at Ardo Rossi. Their design style comes from their similar work background, where they learned about both architecture and interior in addition to Western and Japanese styles. Their design office was established in 1995, and now their design capabilities have expanded past just designing houses to other projects like deirecting apartment’s design. Mr.Yokobori plans the basic design and Ms.Komata designs the interior. The houses they design are cohesive, because the two continuously discuss throughout the design stages. The space is basically symmetrical (European style), with the horizontal grid of the modern Japanese style added in. Also, with the idea to segment the architecture, the rooms are laid out slightly unevenly creating continuity in the space. The use of various sophisticated materials and originally-designed shelves create a distinct interior. To live beautifully without stress, they try to distinguish the areas that are meant to be seen from the areas meant to be hidden, like creating a large storage space behind the open kitchen. “ We want to find out what good quality is and create a luxurious life even at low cost”. They do not forget to create relaxing corners, such as a fireplace or water garden. They truly are praised as designers who create a quality space with the ambiance of an escape from everyday life.

Designer Talk / Naoto Tamaki

Naoto Tamaki is an architect based in Gifu who works mainly on projects within the Tokai area. His design office, GA architect office, started in 1999 and 70 percent of its projects are housing design. The number of houses he has designed are more than 200. The houses he designs are simple and functional based on the client’s lifestyle and give the impression of ease and gentleness because of the materials he carefully choses from many areas. He carefully considers the client’s lifestyle and needs and does not force his plan into being a certain shape and keeps it from becoming too decorative. His designs flow naturally. In all his designs, the common theme is to incorporate nature. One approach is creating an earth floor or courtyard. He especially likes to create a courtyard surrounded by walls, which makes the house spacious without compromising on outdoor space. An earth floor created between the courtyard and living room is considered an intermediate space which gently connects the interior and exterior and has multiple functions. He tries to make earth floors not only as a functional or design oriented space but also a space that enriches everyday life, like having a wooden stove to enjoy a fire. The material he always uses is tile, and he especially likes natural and soft touch tiles from tile brand BASE from Nagoya, which creates original tiles. The handmade tiles add texture to the walls and becomes the focal point. Recently, he is challenging himself by using other materials like natural stones, thereby further raising the quality of his interior designs.

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