I am very interested into architecture and interior design. Therefore, I decided to start posting designs that inspire me. Also, please share what designs inspire you and I will feature a few of them at the end of each week. I am very interested in what my viewers have to share.
Recently, I have been inspired by SAKO Architects. It is a Beijing based architecture firm of Japanese architect Keiichiro Sako. They have produced over 70 projects in China, Japan, Korea, Magnolia and Spain. The firm offers more than just architecture and interior design services; they provide graphic design, furniture and urban master planning. Using specific themes found only in China, they have developed an architecture style known as “Chinese Brand Architects.”
One of my favorite designs by SAKO Architects is the women’s boutique, Romaticism, located in Hangzhou, China
The boutique is an enlarged motif of body and clothes. The organic net from the facade to the inside winding throughout the space acts as a third skin between space and clothes changing into different elements (partitions, furniture, counter, etc…)
Keiichiro Sako describes the design in an interview with movingcities.org:
And what is the basic idea of the design you did for the Romanticism project in Hangzhou?
KS: This was the first shop of the Romanticism brand, which has over 500 shops. The client asked me for a design that no one could copy. There were no other requests. My design style is that if a client has a requirement, I try to get a grip on his thinking and bring it further. As there were no requirements, I questioned the concept of the boutique, the clothes and the relationship between body and space. In the end I designed an organic net winding through the space. Clothes are our second skin, space a third skin, and my design is positioned in between the clothes and space. It’s like a piece of furniture that you can hang clothes on and it changes its shape into partition, counter, chair, furniture as well as railing.
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