Something more than a kimonos store

Factories and industrial warehouses have become a kind of blank canvas for architects and designers. By having wide and empty spaces can release all their creativity without brakes or architectural barriers. It is what has happened with this reform made by the great architect and designer Jo Nagasaka , of Schemata Architects . It has turned an industrial warehouse into a space adapted to the needs of the creator Hiroko Takahashi , a well-known designer of Japanese clothes, specialized in kimonos.

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The structure has been organized in three heights, a multipurpose workspace and gallery on the ground floor, an exhibition room for the kimonos on the first floor and a personal area for the artist on the top floor that includes an office and a greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables.

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The style of Nagasaka is noticeable as soon as you cross the entrance door. On the ground floor we see chairs and furniture exhibitors in agglomerate wood and contrast tables and metal cabinets. The materials and the space distribution typical of this great Japanese designer and architect, their hallmarks.

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On the first floor we find the bulk of the exhibition of the works of this peculiar designer who focuses her production on the creation of traditional Japanese kimonos but with a modern air. This air is provided by the used colors, black and white and geometric patterns.

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On the upper floor a space has been reserved for receptions and artistic performances endowed with large mirror surfaces to give the feeling of greater amplitude.

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Another part is occupied by the greenhouse where the cultivation of the garden of the designer takes place. And finally the structure made with plywood and containing

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The small corner of the artist's work. This is painted white inside to create a space conducive to creativity by isolation but without leaving the connection to the outside by the large door and the windows.

Photos: designboom.com

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