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Interior Design: Habitat Shop

September 7, 2010

The design for this Japanese antiques shop incorporates layered sections of timber to express individualism and the passing of time.

Located at a residential area in Japan is a small shop which sells antiques. “Antiques” are objects which, different from manufactured products, become increasingly charming with the passing of time. Furthermore, it is also dependent on the location and era of collection that the objects possess their own individuality. The characteristic of this shop is that there is only one of each item, honouring their individuality.

Timber is a living material. The section of this material records the passing of time in the form of growth rings. Also, the expression of the material is created by the different patterns formed by growth rings. In order to extract the charm of this material, we layered the sections of timber, to allow the timber sections to create the “pattern of time” for us.

To enjoy the charm of changing with time and to adore the expression of individualism, this material of timber calmly expresses the secrete pleasure of antique lovers.

*Team* Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih

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