colorful hues line the walls of kengo kuma-designed pigment arts store in tokyo
colorful hues line the walls of kengo kuma-designed pigment arts store in tokyo
nov 13, 2015
colorful hues line the walls of kengo kuma-designed pigment arts store in tokyo


colorful hues line the walls of kengo kuma-designed pigment arts store in tokyo
all images courtesy of warehouse terrada

 

 

 

japanese company warehouse terrada has opened an ‘art supply laboratory’ in tokyo — a scheme that also serves as a hub connecting manufacturers with emerging local artists. named ‘pigment’, the store has been completed by architect kengo kuma whose design comprises organic curved surfaces that closely resemble bamboo blinds. beneath the undulating ceiling, pigments are displayed along the spacious interior walls, grouped according to their color.

kengo kuma pigment store warehouse terrada tokyo japan designboom
the design of the undulating ceiling references bamboo blinds

 

 

 

the store seeks to act as a catalyst, inspiring young artisans to take up traditional methods of production. consequently the store provides expert advice on each of its products — a range that includes more than 4,000 different pigments, traditional ‘washi’ paper, and ‘sumi’ ink sticks. workshops by art professors and supply manufacturers are held regularly, offering knowledge to a wide variety of users, including professional artists as well as students.

kengo kuma pigment store warehouse terrada tokyo japan designboom
colorful pigments are displayed along the spacious interior walls

kengo kuma pigment store warehouse terrada tokyo japan designboom
a wide range of brushes are displayed in another area of the store

kengo kuma pigment store warehouse terrada tokyo japan designboom
traditional ‘washi’ paper and ‘sumi’ ink sticks are also available

kengo kuma pigment store warehouse terrada tokyo japan designboom
the store seeks to act as a catalyst, inspiring young artisans to take up traditional methods of production

kengo kuma pigment store warehouse terrada tokyo japan designboom
workshops by art professors and supply manufacturers are held regularly

kengo kuma pigment store warehouse terrada tokyo japan designboom
‘pigment’ is located in shinagawa, a special ward of tokyo

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