Danes at stake during Tokyo Design Week

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Fritz Hansen’s »7 Cool Architects« installation in the venerable temple in Tokyo.

By Kent Dahl

Cool architects in the temple
Danish furniture brand, Fritz Hansen, teamed up with Japanese and foreign product designers during the yearly Tokyo Design Week this year from 24th October to 4th November. Under the umbrella of the Any Tokyo showcase, Fritz Hansen exhibited its »7 Cool Architects« installation.

The Any Tokyo exhibition presents new design and ideas, emphasizing beauty, variety, and usefulness in daily life. It is the 30th year of Any Tokyo, and the unusual venue for the exhibition was the Jodo Daihonzan Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, a National cultural treasure dating back to 1622.

Fritz Hansen participated with a showcase of its Seven Chair, originally designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in 1955. Under the title »7 Cool Architects«, the Danish furniture company had asked seven international architectural firms to give their take on the Seven Chair. Among the architects who have given their personal take on the Seven Chair, are Bjarke Ingels Group, Igarashi Jun architectural design office and Neri & Hu.

The art pieces have been shown mostly individually in several European countries. However, this is the first time to combine all seven art pieces in an installation combined with a »wooden flame« sculpture by the Japanese architect Hiroyuki Shinozaki. He is also responsible for the installation.

Coziness at Carl Hansen & Son
Carl Hansen & Son chose »coziness« as its theme for this year’s Tokyo Design Week, introducing two of its new lounge chairs to the Japanese market. Emphasizing a reflective mood, the Danish furniture brand had teamed up with the Tokyo branch of the Norwegian coffeeshop Fuglen.

Japanese professionals, as well as private buyers, had a chance to familiarize themselves with Danish designer Ole Wanscher’s Colonial Chair and sofa as well as Frits Henningsen’s Signature chair during Tokyo Design Week.

The new pieces of furniture were displayed in Carl Hansen & Son’s combined shop and showroom in the fashionable part of downtown Tokyo.

Having a positive attitude to hard work, the Japanese are not know to idle their time away. However, spurring its visitors on to contemplate peacefully in its lounge chairs, coffee makers from the Norwegian coffee shop Fuglen, had set up a small coffee shop in a corner of the showroom. Handmade coffee brewed on specially roasted coffee beans is the rage in Japan for the time being.

carlhansen_tdwCosy atmosphere in Carl Hansen & Son’s Tokyo showroom.