GINZA SIX EDITORS
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Unique editors who are familiar with each genre GINZA SIX aimlessly
We spell way of enjoying that we found on foot.
Finding Lost Art! Finding Lost Art!
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.99
I do not like shopping. To look aimlessly aimlessly, and to look at window, and to walk for "accidental encounter", great weak point. We investigate desired thing beforehand and we aim and rush for that. -- that is my shopping way "quickly" without being famed "aimlessly".
Story is just different if shopping is not purpose, and such feelings become means. They repeat age, and some worldly desires sometimes appear in desire to "want to do such a way of life", "we want to become such a gentleman" though they calmed down. Shopping turns into mission in such a case.
Feeling to want to do life in house wealthily arose recently as self-restraint period was long. Therefore "let's regain FINDING LOST ART lost art!" on theme of shopping in this GINZA SIX We decided on this. Though it is not adventure at the risk of life like indie Jones and LARA Croft, we dig up art to hide behind in life. This is my mission of this time.
We accomplish three missions in GINZA SIX. The first "enjoys that we write letter".
When we are doing job of editor, there are many opportunities to write letter. With thank-you letter, it is sometimes letter of apology. Most of the cases to write under the pressure of necessity. However, letter and postcard may rarely reach me. "Thank you for publishing actor ◯◯"; "is fan of singer ○○. It is contents which we will feature. Even if it turns out that it is not thing that that was turned to oneself when such sweet nothings are arranged, heart is moved. Like it with letter; is able to be mysterious.
More than 20% of people seem to have never written letter in the past one year now. At first, we want to start with looking for letterset of the first class goods to regain such a lost art.
It is British brand, Smythson in select Shops "VULCANIZE London" of 4F that came. It is noble long-established store which got three certified royal warrants of household. Naoto Kurebayashi of store manager guided.
"Color of "Nile blue" that pronoun of Smythson is used for letter paper and envelope. We were devised from the Nile where we were impressed with when Frank Smythson of the founder took a trip to Egypt. Saying Peer blue of "Bond Street blue" named from founding place is popular; as for saying is; Kurebayashi.
Noble blue is beautiful, and these two colors of letter paper and envelopes which are brand KOLOR get a lot of looks. Envelope (all 25 pieces set 3,000 yen ※ lower than + tax price) becomes double envelope, and letter paper (50 pieces set 4,000 yen) contains watermarks one by one. It turns out that it is finished by hand carefully. Minimal design which trimmed excessive design lets you feel modest intelligence and dignity like the U.K. If there are any such a good-quality stationery, we seem to be able to enjoy act to write letter as gentlemanly taste.
Type of card set which we found in the same section was abundant, and card (5,000 yen) which we put motif of bee for with black and carved seal of gold liked refined sense of fun.
By the way, Smythson which I use habitually is pocket-sized notebook made of ultrathin paper called feather weight (lightness of feather). As there are many spot without desk and time to report outdoors with size to just enter palm, it is convenient. When let pen point excite to embezzled tattered black notebook, detective totally hears, and investigate; is said that want to see.
The second mission "begins living with art". We want to do time to spend now in house when opportunities decreased significantly for going out more wealthily. To that end, art is necessary!
By saying this, came over to corner of "Ginza TSUTAYA BOOKS" of 6F. "It is art EDITION corner of tasshien which is German publishing company here. Large book and book which is good for interior, art are prepared mainly on art EDITION which work accompanied in book a lot here. Saying can purchase displayed work; Banba sentence of photograph CONCEIRGE. Eye way way, David Hockney, work of super famous Aristrist such as David Bailey are displayed just to have seen suddenly. We are surprised because we thought that it is not available when it is not auction house such as Sotherby's or Christies.
Speaking of tasshien, "SUMO" of Helmut Newton released ten years ago book was shocking. Boutique publishing company which gave beautiful cocktail table book provided length and breadth 70x50cm, thickness 8cm, collection of photographs weighing 30 kg in weight of super extra-large "sumo" size till then. Signature and the EDITION number by Newton entered all, and great master Philippe Starck dealt with the exclusive metal stands. tasshien disturbed common sense of art world and publication world.
Most new item of "SUMO" series, "David Hockney. My Window" of David Hockney (280,000 yen) were displayed, too. It is ambitious work which depicted scenery to show from home window of Yorkshire using iPhone and iPad. 1,000 copies-limited is autographed. It is taking off the cap for still energetic Hockney who became 82 years old.
Similarly 82-year-old photographer, work of David Bailey do not lose, too. Mick Jagger that it was covered with fur coat that it got into eyes at the very beginning. It is portrait which is Aiko Nic photographed for collection of photographs "Box of Pin-Ups" which are the maiden work of Bailey in 1964. When we featured Bailey by plan of "GQ" approximately six years ago, Bailey talks about this photograph in this way.
"Mick chose this as the most favorite photograph. "American photo" magazine planned approximately 20 years ago and asked big game singers their photograph to like most. At that time, it was this that Mick chose. It became cover. How am I the state of things that I thought of? We thought of nothing. Well, what of photograph does Mick understand?"
London of the 60s when photographer was cooler in rock than musician. It is episode that relationship of two who deepened friendship in such times understands.
Photograph of Andy Warhol and celebrities such as Gene shrimp ton has price tag. With serial number of the person is autographed. Very rare. We go home and constantly consult wallet slowly and carefully, and let's consider.
Well, the last mission "conflicts with art every day". We can enjoy art routinely even if we do not display photograph of Hockney in house.
Having come "DIPTYQUE" of B1F. It is fragrance maison of Paris that is famous for familiar fragrance candle. It is art of "flavor" that Jean = Michel otonieru of French contemporary artist has DIPTYQUE and collaboration of guide and made.
It is artist known as three-dimensional work which otonieru tied shu* kino glass bead to like necklace. There will be people who have looked at heart-shaped sculpture installed in Mori garden in Roppongi Hills.
Theme that otonieru made subject for many years one more is rose. Above all, we adopted "rose of the Louvre" which we produced in commemoration of the pyramid construction 30th anniversary of the Louvre in 2019 in fragrance and design of candle this time.
Asami Dobashi of store manager blew fragrance (21,300 yen) that otonieru completed with perfumer. Incense rigabuwatto which crossed spicy notebook spreads through flavor of gorgeous Rose. Led by black pepper, Ann bread seed, stimulating, dramatic flavor including Aki gallaWood continue. On the other hand, is a little gentler, and candle (8,900 yen) is soft; seem to be fragrant.
The act may bring about elation so that adrenalin is secreted from moment when smoking person sets fire to lighter. In the case of me, we set fire to candle, and time lighting incense is so. In that way we switch off heart and want to change simply because time at home is long and is days lacking in ups and downs of change.
Dispenser of glass bottle that it is very beautiful to have caught eye accidentally one more. We tried the contents as hand wash and hand lotion. Orange which there is two kinds of hand wash (together 6,900 yen), and grains entered drops keratin and dirt of the hand with scrub made of olives seeds which crashed. It is comfortable to receive massage. Though cloudiness-colored hand lotion (7,100 yen) is moistened with moisture, it is not sticky. Is worried about drying and rough weather of the hand in repeated hand-washing and disinfection, too; these days. If item of day laborer trainer is beautiful, feeling goes up our daily life.
Mission around my GINZA SIX was completed in this way. Yes, kana was good at, but hint to take in art in as taste of gentleman and interior, the everyday scene was found a lot, "we regain lost art". GINZA SIX is place where even I who am weak in "aimlessly" can come across "accidental encounter". Mission complete!
Text: Keita Takada Photos: Hiroyuki Takenouchi Edit: Yuka Okada(81)
I don’t like to shop. Wandering about aimlessly, peering in windows, walking around hoping for a chance encounter—I don’t like it at all. I investigate what I want beforehand, then I make that my purpose and charge in. I don’t wander, I move, chop-chop. That’s how I shop.
Even though I’m clear on this, the circumstances change when shopping becomes a means to an end, rather than an end in itself. My material desires have receded a bit as I’ve gotten older, but I still occasionally feel the desire to be that sort of gentleman or to live in this sort of way. Which is when shopping stops being shopping and becomes more like a mission.
Spending so much time at home due to Covid-19, I’ve recently found myself wanting to spruce up my home life. So, this time, I decided to make Finding Lost Art my theme for a visit to GINZA SIX. I may not actually be putting my life on the line like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, but I do hope to discover art hidden within everyday life. That’s my mission today.
The first of my three missions at GINZA SIX addresses the lost art of letter writing.
Working as an editor generates lots of opportunities to write letters, including letters of appreciation and, sometimes, letters of apology. I typically only write letters when I absolutely need to, but I do sometimes receive letters and postcards with messages like “Thank you for featuring such-and-such actor,” or “I’m a fan of the singer such-and-such, it’d be great if you could do a write-up on her…” Things like that. People put their hearts into their words, and even though I know the letters aren’t directed at me personally, I’m moved all the same. Letters have that strange power.
I read recently that more than 20% of us failed to write a single letter in the past year. So, to do my part to rehabilitate this lost art, I started by looking for top-of-the-line stationery.
I visited the UK brand Smythson in Vulcanize London, a multi-brand specialty store on the fourth floor. It’s a venerable British company honored with three Royal Warrants—a Royal Warrant being something like the seal of approval of the British royal family. Store manager Naoto Kurebayashi guided me through the store.
“Smythson is known for Nile Blue, the color used on its stationery and envelopes,” Kurebayashi tells me. “When founder Frank Smythson visited Egypt, he was mesmerized by the Nile River, which inspired the color idea. Another popular color named Bond Street Blue, a shade of pale blue, is named after the location of the company’s first store.”
The stationery and envelopes in these two brand colors really grab your attention—the blues are regal and beautiful. The envelopes (3,000 yen for a set of 25; *all prices listed before tax) are double envelopes. Each piece of stationery (4,000 yen for a set of 50) bears a watermark. All have been carefully finished by hand. The minimal design, all excess trimmed away, radiates a British restraint and grace. With such refined stationery, I’ll no doubt be better prepared to approach letter writing as a gentlemanly pursuit.
In the same section, I also came across an extensive selection of card sets. This set (5,000 yen) features a buzzing bee motif imprinted with black and gold, a sophisticated whimsy I found charming.
Incidentally, my most beloved Smythson is a pocket-size featherweight diary with ultra-thin paper that fits right in the palm of your hand. It comes in handy when I’m out in the field without a desk or doing research away from home. (When I run my pen over my extremely well-worn black diary, I’ve been told, I look like a detective interviewing a witness.)
My second mission is to begin living closer to art. I want to enrich the time I spend at home—we have so few opportunities to get out compared to before. And art is essential to this pursuit!
So I headed to a certain area inside Ginza Tsutaya Books on the sixth floor. “This is the Art Edition corner of Taschen, a German publisher,” Fumiaki Bamba, photography concierge, explains. “There’s a large selection of large-format books and books that function as interior design and art, particularly the Art Edition titles, which come bundled with a single work of art. You can also purchase any of the artworks on display.” A brief glance identifies works by artists like Ai Weiwei, David Hockney, and David Bailey. I’d been under the impression you could only get art like this through auction houses like Sotheby’s or Christie’s, so this is quite the find and a legitimate surprise.
When I think of Taschen, I think of Helmut Newton’s sensational SUMO, released ten years ago. Taschen enjoys a reputation as a boutique publisher of beautiful coffee table books, but this was a giant 70 × 50-centimeter sumo-sized photo collection weighing 30 kilograms and measuring eight centimeters thick. Each copy was personally signed by Newton and numbered and included a bespoke stand designed by design heavyweight Philippe Starck. With SUMO, Taschen rather dramatically upended conventional wisdom in both art and publishing.
David Hockney’s My Window (280,000 yen), the latest in the SUMO series, is also here on display. Views from the window of the artist’s Yorkshire home are drawn using an iPhone or iPad—an ambitious approach. Each of the 1,000 copies of this limited edition is signed. I have to tip my hat to David Hockney, who remains vigorous even at 82.
The works by photographer David Bailey, also 82, are no less dynamic. Right before me here is Mick Jagger in a fur coat, an iconic portrait taken for Bailey’s Box of Pin-Ups portfolio in 1964. When I interviewed the artist for a GQ piece around six years ago, Bailey had the following to say about this photo:
“Mick chose this as his favorite photograph of him. Around twenty years ago, the magazine American Photo ran a feature that asked superstar singers about their favorite photos. Mine was the one Mick chose. It was the cover. What did I think? I didn’t think anything. What does Mick know about photography!”
In London’s Swinging Sixties, photographers were even cooler and more rock-and-roll than musicians. This little exchange tells us something about the relationship between the two luminaries, who became friends over time.
Here I also see Bailey’s portraits of Andy Warhol, Jean Shrimpton, and other celebrities, each with a price tag, all numbered and signed by the artist. How rare! I think I’ll go home and have a stare-down with my wallet as I evaluate the temptation.
My last mission is to experience art every day, something I believe to be possible even if I don’t end up with a Hockney print on my wall.
I visit diptyque on the first belowground floor, a Parisian fragrance maison renowned for its fragrance candles. I’m looking for a certain piece of—fragrance art?—created in collaboration with diptyque by Jean-Michel Othoniel, a contemporary French artist.
Othoniel is known for his sculptures of blown-glass spheres linked into necklace-like shapes. Some of you may have seen his heart-shaped sculpture in the Mohri Garden at Roppongi Hills.
Another perennial Othoniel theme is roses. In particular, his La Rose du Louvre, which was created in 2019, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum. Here it’s been transposed into a fragrance and a candle design.
Store manager Asami Tsuchihashi sprays a sample of the fragrance (21,300 yen) developed by Othoniel with a perfumer, leaving a flowery rose fragrance with spicy notes wafting about me. It’s dramatic and stimulating, with first notes of black pepper, along with ambrette seed, akigalawood, and more. The candle (8,900 yen) is a gentler, softer variation on this motif.
In the same way smokers experience a rush of anticipatory adrenaline from the moment they take out their lighter, the prelude to an experience can itself be cause for excitement. In my case, I feel the same when I light a candle or incense stick. Especially when I’m spending days at home, with so little daily variation, I light a candle, as if to reset my outlook on life.
Something else I happened to notice is these beautiful glass dispenser bottles, filled with hand wash and hand lotion, some of which I tried. Two types of the orange-colored hand wash (6,900 yen each) are offered here. The one with granules has an exfoliating element of crushed olive stones, which remove dirt and keratin from your hands. It feels great on the skin, a bit like a massage. The creamy white hand lotion (7,100 yen) moisturizes effectively, free of stickiness. We’re all washing and disinfecting our hands so often, they tend to dry out and get rough. It brightens our spirits to encounter beauty in our daily household items.
I’ve now wrapped up my three GINZA SIX missions. Find Lost Art! Well, maybe I didn’t quite accomplish that, but I did come across hints for pursuing the art of gentlemanliness and incorporating art into interior design and daily life. Even for someone like me, who would prefer not to wander about aimlessly, GINZA SIX is an ideal setting for such chance encounters. Mission accomplished!
Text: Keita Takada Photos: Hiroyuki Takenouchi Edit: Yuka Okada（81）
Born in Fukuoka; managing editor at GQ JAPAN, overseeing entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, features, and more. Gained experience in merchandising, marketing, and PR at Helmut Lang, Coach, and other luxury brands after a stint at Hakuhodo I-Studio. Spent two years in the UK, joining Condé Nast in 2010.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram