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.
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.
colorful pigments are displayed along the spacious interior walls
a wide range of brushes are displayed in another area of the store
traditional ‘washi’ paper and ‘sumi’ ink sticks are also available
the store seeks to act as a catalyst, inspiring young artisans to take up traditional methods of production
workshops by art professors and supply manufacturers are held regularly
‘pigment’ is located in shinagawa, a special ward of tokyo