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2013年11月21日

Best Way of Interior / Hirayama Residence

The Hirayama residence stands in a quiet residential area of Tokyo. It is the home of commercial interior designer Gaku Hirayama. He purchased the 140m2 flag-shaped land in a place convenient for commuting, and created an ideal home through his collaboration with architect Iwao Takeuchi. Hirayama requested a house that is open and airy. The architect maximized volume while still complying with building regulations and presented a wooden structured 2-story house with a courtyard, open ceiling space and a spacious stairway hall. The entrance and gallery-like stairway with the courtyard in the back were planned on the ground floor, and create a feeling of depth. On the second floor, the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom were planned. The living room feels spacious because of the 3440mm high ceiling, and of using the same marble floor as the roof balcony. By using a glass panel in between the stairway hall, the space not only became more open, but is effective in maintaining an indoor thermal environment. Mr. and Mrs. Hirayama created their unique style by mixing various materials like natural stones, cheek wood, original ceramic tiles and hand-made Moroccan tiles, all of which are reminders from hotels they visited in London, Mexico and Morocco.

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Best Way of Interior / Ushidate Residence

The second home of interior designer Tsutomu Ushidate is located 1.5 hours by car from central Tokyo in the red cedar woods close to Lake Kawaguchi. He purchased this 1661m2 land overlooking Mt. Fuji to enjoy racing cars and to live surrounded by nature. He elevated all the rooms on the 2nd floor to enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji, (which can be seen from the south side of the home), and created a giant open space in the ground. The ground floor was created with a steel frame; a RC structure supports the building and serves as parking for the 6 cars. The wood-structured 2nd floor is rectangular, and is 28m long from east to west; the audio room and main bedroom on the east side separate the private and public spaces. To create a comfortable, relaxing interior, solid wood was selected for its natural aging with an "Asian" theme. Solid walnut was chosen for the floor, and corrosion-free steel plates were selected for the kitchen counter and walls. To create some extraordinary feel, the lowest point of the slanted ceiling was set at 2000mm; no opening was created on the North wall and the walls were slanted towards the outside not only to create a sense of security but also to guide one's view toward nature.

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Interior Article

Relaxing living rooms and dining rooms are centrally important areas of a home. There are many cases where the living room and dining room are designed as a single room. Although it is effective to make a small space spacious and open, the roles of a living room and dining room are very different. Thus, it is ideal to enjoy the different scenes by creating on and off scenes and by separating the two spaces.
The level of relaxation afforded in each room should be highest in the living room, then the dining room and finally the kitchen. Therefore, it is best to plan the living room so the kitchen cannot be seen. By creating a door in- between the living room and dining room, one can create a change in "scene" between the rooms simply by opening and closing the doors. Planning the rooms in a L-shape, changing the floor levels or placing a console in-between the two rooms are also ways to gently separate the spaces. Interior design is not just about selecting furniture; it is important to design the openings, doors, floors, wall materials and lighting from the initial planning stage. To effectively plan a living room, it is necessary to think ahead and plan where to place a giant TV, or where to place a fireplace for people to gather and relax.

PROMEMORIA

Many of the new 2013 products presented by high-end Italian furniture brand PROMEMORIA were inspired by Japan. The founder and main designer of the brand, Romeo Sozzi, loves the simplicity and beautiful details of Japanese gardens, bonsai, and tearooms. This year, he created a very simple but beautifully detailed collection using quality materials. For example, the chest "SUMO" uses bronze and leather for the main body, while its curving legs portray a sumo wrestler. The lighting "KARINA" resembles a Japanese andon and uses onyx shade to create a magical feel of light that shines through shoji (Japanese paper). Sozzi not only replicates shapes, but truly respects Japanese culture; the Japanese spirit can be felt through his designs. Sozzi states that "there should be a philosophy in all the chairs." This philosophy is evident in his new relaxing proportioned high-back chair resembling men. The light and deep colors emphasize shading, while the quality materials like velvet and leather showcase the craftsmanship involved in creating the comfortable and beautiful pieces.

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PIERRE FREY

Pierre Frey's sophisticated, gorgeous, and classical wallpaper and textiles are used all over the world as essential item for creating a comfortable space. Founded in 1935, the brand is now run by its second owner Patrick Frey and his sons and has become one of France's leading fabric brands.

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H Residence

The H residence stands in a corner of a rural residential area in Nasushiobara, Tochigi. The owner was searching for land close to nature that is also convenient, and found an about 853m2 plot of land on top of a hill with a mountain in the back. He appointed architect Ken Yokogawa, who planned a house both utilizing the landscape and incorporating the view of the mountain in the back. As a result, a multi-angular shaped roof over a wood-structured 2-story building was created. A rectangular building was planned on the triangular shaped land, with a spacious garden on the southeast side. The landscape designer Koichiro Nakatani was appointed to create a landscape that naturally connects with the back mountain. To reduce the volume of the building, the west side of the land was dug down one meter. Private spaces like the bathroom and main bedroom were positioned in the semi-basement; the entrance and garage was planned for the 1st floor, and public spaces like the living room, dining room and kitchen were placed a half-floor above, to subtly "zone" the space. On the east side of the building, a guest room was positioned like an annex. Placing value on connecting the building with the exterior, a bench (which also serves as the gate) was placed at the entrance that feels like a gate to the woods. A terrace is positioned next to the living room, which is connected to the lower floor by a spiral staircase, and connects the interior to the exterior three dimensionally.

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S Residence

Shikoku Chuo-shi of Ehime is a place surrounded by the Houou mountain range on the south side and Seto ocean on the north side. The owner was born in this region, and purchased this spacious 660m2 land and asked the architect Yuichiro Yamanaka to design the house. Mr. Yamanaka planned a 1-story house with a lawn on the west side that faces the front road. The building on the east side consists of three different sized wood-structured boxes that are randomly connected. Yamanaka tilted the boxes 45 degrees and placed the smallest box on the south side to give the corner box the best view of the lawn; the wind that blows from the mountains to the ocean is reduced by positioning the smallest box at the south end. Based on the advice of the structural architect Kenji Nawa, each box was strengthened by adding angle braces inside.
The entrance was placed in the first box; the living room, dining room and kitchen were planned in the second box; the main bedroom, children's bedrooms and Japanese room was planned in the third box. The living room and Japanese room were positioned in the corner with the best view. The architect valued the relationship between indoors and outdoors and balanced the space by making the ceiling height of the Japanese room 1.8m and the living room 2.4m.
The height of the ceiling was changed depending on the space, and top light was designed to provide maximum light. A soft impression was created using travertine rock for the flooring and by painting the walls and ceilings with the paint blended with quarts that beautifully reflects light.

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MERIDIANI

The Italian modern furniture brand Meridiani was founded in 2000 in the Brianza, an area known for its high-end furniture manufacturing. Meridiani has dealers in about 50 countries, with showrooms in Europe, the United States and Asia.
The owner, Mr. Crosti, has been producing paddings for major European companies for over 20 years before launching his own brand. One of the leading items of Meridiani's furniture is the sofa (made using materials and techniques learned from the know-how of his previous experiences). Design and functionality of the sofas are well balanced also thanks to its filling (polyurethane or feather) and density, both of which are carefully selected. Interior designer Andrea Parisio selects the fabric and design the furniture; he also plans the showrooms and display areas all around the world. Customers can choose from over 500 fabrics and leathers of various colors. For example, in one collection, there is a tendency to mix unique patterns. In the 2013 fabric collection "BALMORAL," they presented different greens, stripes, and patterns to create a unique statement for the brand.

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