GINZA SIX EDITORS
Fashion, jewelry & watch, lifestyle, beauty, foods…
Unique editors who are familiar with each genre GINZA SIX aimlessly
We spell way of enjoying that we found on foot.
We touch product and space, the tip of design Products and Spaces on Design’s Cutting Edge
Ginza Six Editors Vol.4 (Lifestyle)
One pleasure of GINZA SIX can come across new work of designer of world level everywhere. Space constitution of throughout the hall may be unhurried, and there are a lot of shops which we want to walk for feeling such as gallery. We chose boutique which wanted to pay attention to Shops of lifestyle system and design of space from such inside one by one.
Shops that the fourth-floor CIBONE CASE performed spinning out from CIBONE in Aoyama. It becomes shop on the basis of international atmosphere of Ginza while being warm, and making use of the aesthetic sense. As for Belgian new star designer selling here, the chair by Muller van Severen, coloration that was rich in mini-rhythm and unlikelihood with industrial feeling is attractive. It is totally appearance such as modern art.
Brooklyn "Aura chime" by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio of base "Playscape mobiles." It is work of their duos who considers in combination by design by hand in imminent material. This product that simple sound sounds when we shake has element of mobile which they are good at with it, and-style form and color are feelings of the present interior in the 80s, too.
Model that Danish classic brand, flower base of Lyngby Porcelæn are made from the 1930s. With exquisiteness, we arrange how old you are and want to use variation of hue and size. We are attractive even if we just arrange flower.
Among 3 items described here two for the moment the handling in Japan probably only as for CIBONE. By the way, Shops which treats such a thing abroad is still small portion. In such a meaning, CIBONE is ahead of the times. Furthermore, it is the temporal axis having a long one point of one point that CIBONE is unique, and there is even thing with attachment. The sense of balance that is going to ascertain future constant seller is wonderful.
It is Koichi Futamata to have designed interior of CIBONE CASE. We establish wall with the volume and sliding door-formed shelf and partition off space of wide unique form gently from side to side. Even if choice of material is good and sees finish beautifully, we do not get tired.
Boutique of Valentino who basements are on the first to the fourth floor, and this passes, and holds store. It was this shop when GINZA SIX opened particularly to have been overwhelmed in space. David chipper Field of British architect takes big role, and, as for the interior of VALENTINO of all the countries of the world, the style lets architect who designed the appearance of the whole GINZA SIX facility, good point of affinity with Yoshio Taniguchi feel now. Wall and floors of boutique are unified in homogeneous gray terrazo (artificial stone), and Carrara marble, brass, oak are used effectively.
Space that displayed the fourth-floor men's shoes. Shelf of wall surface is used in the whole store, and the system is such that we put the upper end on step of wall. It has LED lighting up product built-in, and I am amazed to learn that it is structure that can move to layout in shop from side to side. Even chipper field.
Shelf where we put sample of KOLOR and cuff links of shirt on at corner of the fourth-floor maid toe measure. Most shelves in shop are made of frame and oak of brass, but this wraps shelf board in pure white leather and individualizes KOLOR of handsome form like art object.
Furniture of a series of oaks is original by chipper field, too. It features minimal form like him, and there is chair under the table to be just satisfied. At corner of maid toe measure, we sit down here and exchange order of suit and shirt.
Elevator that it links floor in shop to want you to experience without business. Other than floor of marble, we are made all of brass and are totally like tea-ceremony room of money. Approach to there is done with marble, too.
Historic thing that master hand of Danish furniture design, boe moensen announced lounge chair of black leather in 1963. In space constructed stoically to every corner, we are made to growl at viewpoint to choose thing letting person relax about chair. Of course good-quality sheath classy feeling is consistent and completely harmonizes.
One of the items symbolizing style of VALENTINO, bag of cam star (camouflage X star print). It is overwhelming love and research feeling to fashion to feel to product of this brand, and it reaches lighter like me (we do not usually intend for fashion). For example, camouflage is used with every brand, but print of VALENTINO thinks that there is the most refined originality.
While design of boutique is setting of various items born every season in this way, we overflow in at the same time building-like pleasant feeling. We were not able to introduce, but cannot miss fitting room unified in marble zukumeno stairs and gray. Is the Golden Rule of modern architecture, but can sense the powerful charm bodily that "God dwells in the details"; is perfect; is spotted.
Text: Takahiro Tsuchida Photos: Kaori Imakiire Edit: Yuka Okada
One of the joys of GINZA SIX is being able to experience the new work of world-class designers. The complex as a whole contains generous amounts of space, and visiting many of the stores feels just like visiting a gallery. Of these, I’ve selected one lifestyle store and one boutique with space designs I’d like to highlight.
Located on the fourth floor, Cibone Case is a Cibone spinoff, originally opened in Aoyama, Tokyo. While deftly incorporating the parent store’s refined aesthetic, the store here at GINZA SIX is rooted in Ginza’s international atmosphere. It offers chairs from Muller van Severen, an up-and-coming designer from Belgium, which are especially appealing for their industrial minimalism and unexpected color combinations. The overall impression is of encountering works of modern art.
The Aura chimes and Playscape mobiles from Brooklyn-based Ladies & Gentlemen Studio are the work of a two-person design team, who combine everyday materials by hand to create inspired designs. The chimes emit a soft ring with a rustic charm when moved by the breeze. Together with the team’s trademark mobiles, they infuse 80s-style forms and colors with the feel of today’s interiors.
This flower vase from the longstanding Danish brand Lyngby Porcelæn has been made since the 1930s. There’s a superb selection of colors and sizes. You can use a number of them together, and they offer a pictorial quality with or without flowers.
Two of the three items I’ve mentioned thus far are more than likely only available in Japan at Cibone at this time. And even overseas, you can find them at very few stores. In this sense, Cibone is ahead of the times. Another unique characteristic of the store is that each item is a type you become attached to over a period of time. In its commitment to uncovering the standards of tomorrow, the store exhibits a wonderful sense of balance.
Cibone Case’s interior was designed by Koichi Futatsumata. The uniquely shaped space offers ample space flowing laterally and is separated informally by voluminous walls and sliding shelves. The materials have been masterfully selected to create a beautiful finish that stays fresh in the eye.
This is the interior of the VALENTINO boutique, which occupies space from the first underground floor up to the fourth floor. When GINZA SIX first opened, it was this store’s space that really impressed me. The UK architect David Chipperfield currently plays a major role in the interior design of Valentino stores around the world, and its style gives off a sense of kinship to that of Yoshio Taniguchi, the architect who designed the exterior of the overall GINZA SIX complex. The boutique’s walls and floors are unified with a homogenous gray terrazzo (artificial stone), while effective use is made of Carrara marble, brass, oak, and other materials.
This space on the fourth floor displays the brand’s men’s shoes. The wall shelves are used throughout the store and are attached at the top to a ledge on the walls. The LEDs that illuminate the products are built into the shelves. I was surprised to learn that they can slide left and right, depending on the layout of the store displays, an example of Chipperfield’s distinctive ingenuity.
This shelf in the made-to-measure area on the fourth floor displays samples of shirt cuffs and collars. Almost all the shelves in the store are made of a brass frame and oak materials, but these shelf boards are wrapped in pure white leather, which accentuates the collars of the exquisite forms, as if they were objets d’art.
The oak furniture pieces are also Chipperfield originals. His distinctive minimalist forms are evident. Here, as you can see, the chairs fit perfectly just under the table. You can sit out here in the made-to-measure area to work out the details of your suit or shirt order.
Even if you don’t have a specific reason to, I recommend trying out the elevator that connects the floors inside the store. Other than the marble floor, everything is appointed in brass, like a golden tearoom. The approach is also made of marble.
This black leather lounge chair is a historic piece presented first in 1963 by renowned Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen. Within this space of thoroughgoing stoic repose, the chair clearly conveys a perspective of items chosen for relaxation. And, of course, it radiates a consistent feel of quality and class that perfectly harmonizes with the rest of the interior.
One item that represents Valentino’s style especially well is the Camoustar bag, with its star and camouflage design. What I sense in the brand’s products is a true and deeply felt love of fashion and a sense of inquiry, which comes through even to a writer like me, who does not normally approach fashion. For example, camouflage is used by just about every brand, but Valentino’s pattern appears to me to be a highly sophisticated original.
The boutique’s design serves as a backdrop for various items that arrive each season while offering a wealth of architectural pleasures at the same time. Incidentally, while I wasn’t able to fully introduce them here, the all-marble stairs and unified gray fitting rooms are also not to be missed. “God is in the details” is the Golden Rule of modern architecture, and this is an ideal spot to experience the pleasure of its truth.
Author: Takahiro Tsuchida Photographer: Kaori Imakiire Editor: Yuka Okada
Takahiro TsuchidaWriter and design journalist. Born in Hokkaido in 1970. After working as an office worker, he launched his freelance career in 2001. Writes for specialty journals and other publications on design, primarily furniture and other products, and the culture of design. Tsuchida also teaches at schools and serves as an exhibition director.