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Frey Residence

The home of Pierre Frey, communication director of French fabric brand PIEERE FREY, is located on the top floor of a 6-story building in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The building was constructed in the 17th century. Pierre completely renovated the floor; over half of the space was previously used as offices. He began renovations in the living room by removing the wall separating the residential space at the north side towards the street, and the office space at the south side. The large single room became the living room, dining room and kitchen. By eliminating the living room ceiling, Pierre achieved a room with a high ceiling that is 5 meters at its highest point. In addition, lofts with top lights were designed at either end of the living room, enabling light to shine in. Artistic accents like a spiral staircase leading to the loft acts as an accent within the space, and emphasizes the high ceilings.
Pierre wanted an eclectic interior, and coordinated the rooms by combining different styles. He kept the base color of the spaces neutral, in order to individualize the antique table and personal sofas wrapped with geometrical patterned fabric of PIERRE FREY. The home is in line with the brand’s philosophy: finishing a space with premium quality, with both modern and traditional touches.


T Residence

A 10-minute drive from the city center of Milan Italy is the residential area where the T residence is, on the 7th floor of a 50 year old apartment. The owner bought the home 13 years ago, as it met the conditions of a comfortable lifestyle: close to the subway station and the owner’s workplace at that time.
The approximately 67m2 floor has a living room in front of the entrance door, a dining room and kitchen at the right side, all spreading out as a single space. The room at the left side is the bathroom and further in that direction, is the main bedroom. Originally, there used to be a wall between the living room and dining room, but, the former resident removed the wall and renovated it into a single room. The wood flooring and the painted walls are untouched and remain the same today. The uniqueness of this home is its irregular floor plan; three spaces are connected side by side, spreading out like a fan.
This unique floor plan may be thought of as a flaw, but in fact, it provides a wide opening to allow sunlight to shine in. The light reflects back toward the wall shaped like a three-way mirror, allowing light to wrap deep around the room, giving an open feeling to the space. Moreover, furniture add character to this light-filled home. For example, a dining table by Italian brand Zanotta, with its glass top board gives an airy impression. Open shelves by porro, another Italian brand, supply colors to the white walls. Potted plants placed in the corners of the living room and balcony and the gradation of green adds an atmosphere of nature to the home.


Yamazaki Residence

The Yamazaki residence, located in Tokyo, is where Takuji Yamazaki lives with his family. He is a designer who mainly designs spaces for hair salons. The home is part of 6-story above ground apartment constructed by reinforced concrete, built 25 years ago. He renovated the home himself. The uniqueness of the home is its floor plan, as the spaces are connected in three dimensions by skipped floors. He decided to fully utilize the volume of the space by eliminating walls and doors that he felt fragmented the space. He wanted to design the home feel expansive, and make it feel larger than its actual floor area of 72m2. One step inside the entrance, the home is a large single space; starting from the main bedroom, and up the stairs is the dining room and kitchen. Further up is the living room. Yamazaki removed the existing ceiling and reviled the building frames in order to increase the ceiling height, achieving 3.6m ceiling at its highest point, which adds to the open feeling of the space.
The residence has neither ceiling nor heat-insulating materials in order to make the space look larger. To make the most of this plan, the interior is finished with mortar, giving it a rough atmosphere. The space is industrial and rustic, with air conditioning and piping reveled deliberately. On the other hand, a good balance of softness is added to the space by the wooden kitchen counter, shades made from earth colored fabrics, and by plants placed here and there.



The French furniture brand, PHILIPPE HUREL, is known for making custom design furniture for their clients, similar to that of haute couture dressmaking. The product designs the brand creates are inspired by continuously studying various scenes that could happen within one’s lifestyle. As the owner of the brand and a designer, Philippe Hurel says, “A one-and-only product can never be made if the materials and finishes are ordinary”. The brand meets every detail of their customer’s orders: not just the sizes, but also the selection of materials and finishes, textures, and the type of woods and leather used. By utilizing the brand’s selections of material and power of design, the ordered item will have the beautiful proportion and elegance of PHILIPPE HUREL. Furniture wrapped with the brand’s worldview continues to attract many hearts.
One of the most important factors in achieving the brands ideology is its knowledge of wood and the technology to maximize the texture of wooden materials. The texture of the brand’s furniture stands out because of the simplicity of the design; in particular, its uzukuri is of supreme excellence. PHILIPPE HUREL has developed its own technique, achieving the finest and most beautiful wood grain with the deepest expression.


S Residencce

The S residence is a 2-story above-ground wooden building that stands upon a flag-shaped parcel of land in Kamakura, Kanagawa. The owner wanted a house with a courtyard. Taking this request under consideration, architect Akira Hikone planned a 3m by 2.15m courtyard at the center of the first floor. Despite the home being made of wood, the use of the SE method of construction gave the living room an open ceiling, achieving a space that expands via the courtyard.
On the other hand, a home such as this one, with a courtyard at its center and an open ceiling room, has restrictions with regard to layout and thus requires careful planning. Hikone positioned the living room, dining room, and kitchen to face each other with the courtyard in the middle, making sure the spaces were loosely zoned so they maintained a connected feeling. He also designed a circular flow path around the courtyard that includes the wet area and study room, a shoe closet beside the entrance, and a pantry beside the kitchen. The second floor consists of mainly private rooms. Due to the owner husband taking a shower as soon as he gets up, Hikone planned the main bedroom, walk-through closet, wet area and shower booth in a straight line. He also secured a space beside the window that can be hidden with the sliding door allowing laundry to be hung without being noticed. In this way, a comfortable yet functional home with a courtyard in its center was built.



Making full use of the properties of plastic, Kartell is an Italian interior brand creating avant-garde and functional products. The brand was established in Lombardy, Italy, by former chemical engineer Giulio Castelli. In the beginning, the brand’s main products were parts of cars and illuminations. The brand then began using processing technology and to make plastic furniture. By developing a technology to produce products using a single material and single mold, it was able to mass-produce, achieving high quality and functional products at reasonable price.
The brand continued creating amazing products by collaborating with energetic designers such as Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. The brand’s products are also functional; they are weather resistant, so can be used outdoors and stacked. Kartell maintains the quality of its products not only by selecting materials with integrity, but also by challenging new manufacturing technologies. The brand is therefore a leading plastic furniture maker worldwide. In Oct. 2016, flagship shops opened in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo and Nagoya, Aichi. “A shop where one can feel the world view of Kartell, wherever one is in the world” is what the current CEO, Claudio Luti aims for. There will be total of 10 shops opening in Japan by 2017.




CARL HANSEN & SØN has created the “Y Chair” and multiple other furniture masterpieces that bring the brand’s historic woodwork craftsmanship into the modern world. The brand was established in 1908, and started as an atelier that made classical chairs for the upper class in Odense, Denmark. 1949 became a great turning point for the brand, when yet unknown designer Hans J. Wegner designed prototypes for 4 chairs, one of which was the "Y Chair". Since its establishment, all the products of the brand are made in the brand's own factory in Denmark. The brand is able to maintain its quality due to the approximately 300 craftsmen it employs. In 2011, the brand placed Rud. Rasmussen, the long established furniture brand of Denmark, under its umbrella, reproducing the prominent designer's works.
The brand opened its showroom in Milan, Italy in 2016. The building was built at the end of 19th century and the space utilizes the unique texture of the existing walls. The new lounge chair "E015" designed by EOOS and The "Y Chair" are displayed, and showcase the appeal of the brand's simple and universal furniture. It also released "WOOLINES", its first rug collection. One cannot help but be interested in this brand that continues to take on new challenges with its craftsmanship.


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