Japanese architect Chikara Ohno from design form Sinato, designed a new shop interior for Patrick Cox in Tokyo, Japan. The designer positioned each of cylindrical steel pendant fixtures directly over a corresponding display pedestal.
Chikara Ohno describes the design:
The shop is in a 17-story building in Tokyo’s fashion-centric Aoyama district and it is only a few steps inside the building’s main entrance. The important point of this shop seemed to be lighting. The products can shine and get a better look if the light source is close by, not shining down from the ceiling. So I positioned each of cylindrical steel pendant fixtures directly over a corresponding display pedestal. These fixtures provide most of the lighting in the space without the lighting from the ceiling. As a result, this space gets unique conditions such as “dark in above and well-lighted in below”. The gradation of the wall is a promotion of it. At the same time, the pendant fixtures cut the void and shape the space. Pathways in the shop seem to meander beneath a canopy formed by the largest of the drum shades.
Photography by Toshiyuki Yano