claesson koivisto rune: ceramika showroom
claesson koivisto rune: ceramika showroom claesson koivisto rune: ceramika showroom
jun 30, 2013

claesson koivisto rune: ceramika showroom

claesson koivisto rune: ceramika ceramic tableware showroom
image © takumi ota



swedish architects claesson koivisto rune designed the ‘ceramika’ flagship store – a ceramic tableware showroom, shop and café, located in matsumoto in the mountainous nagano prefecture, some 200 km northwest of tokyo. matsumoto is a centre of traditional crafts, such as wood, lacquerware and fabric – oddly perhaps then that the ceramic series of cups, plates and bowls at ceramika are european and not japanese.



image © takumi ota



the ceramika showroom is located in the city centre in a former city hall building along the matsumoto river. the space was completely stripped and the new interior is kept simple but with refined details. the layout arranged on a strict repetitive grid, with the colours and materials of the interior chosen to harmonize with the porcelain which is mostly blue and white. the wood furniture was designed by claesson koivisto rune and manufactured by carpenter master hara-san.



image © takumi ota


the project was a fruitful collaboration between the swedish architects and the japanese client mr. hiroshi arai, owner of the ceramika showroom. many of the pieces in the project were designed especially by claesson koivisto rune and manufactured locally in japan, such as the display furniture, tables and clothes hangers. other pieces also designed by claesson koivisto rune were produced by manufacturers such as almedahls, david design, tacchini, and wästberg.



simple wooden furniture allows the ceramic products on display to take centre stage
image © takumi ota



the aim was to create a space which was strict, yet humble. as an enhancing frame for the ceramic objects at display and a small cafe with both indoors and outdoors seating.



the cafe area is decorated with pendant lamps by claesson koivisto rune for wästberg
image © takumi ota



ceramika is represented with shops in every major city throughout japan, but matsumoto is the home town.



claesson koivisto rune’s ‘doodle seating range’ for tacchini furnishes the café
image © takumi ota



general view
image © takumi ota




image © takumi ota



image © takumi ota



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