From January 27th to February 28th, 2017, join us at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim for an exhibition that celebrates contemporary Japanese architecture, design and culture. Japan Unlayered is designed to be a sensory experience that invites one to experience Japanese culture through touch, taste, sight, sound and smell.
Curated by master Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, Westbank and Peterson, the exhibition will present Japanese traditions alongside contemporary design to illustrate that the defining principles of Japanese design remain the same despite the evolution of technology.
“Excellence in architecture is the result of a modest attitude toward the times, and such an attitude enables a building to transcend the times and survive.”
— Kengo Kuma
“With any scale, I always start with the details. I think about the materials and the members; how the characteristics of the constituents could aggregate to create a whole.”
— Kengo Kuma
My motivation is always to engage in a new kind of project in a new setting. I want to deepen my understanding of different cultures, and I want to offer some inspiration through my design.
— Kengo Kuma
Kuma is a master architect, a title reserved for very few in the world and earned with an extraordinary portfolio of outstanding projects of all sizes, in Japan and now across the globe. Kuma’s sensitivity and ability to respect the past and present inhabitants of a place, as well as its natural context, is what sets his work apart from many global architects. His desire to understand natural forces and systems, and our relationship as humans to these forces, gives his work longevity beyond the fashion of this day.
Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods”. Originally founded in Japan in 1980, MUJI offers a wide variety of good quality products including household goods, apparel and food. The company’s basic principle is to develop new products at reasonable prices through the careful selection of materials, streamlining manufacturing processes and simplified packaging. While being considerate of environmental issues, MUJI’s natural and functional design complements today’s lifestyles perfectly.
· MUJI Vancouver Pop-Up Store
· Fairmont Pacific Rim
· Jan 27 — Feb 28, 2017
· Architecture by Kengo Kuma
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