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BEN NAGAOKA + MASAHIRO TANAKA / POINT
LABYRINTH OF WOODS

2010.2.10(WED)-2010.7.12(MON)

Concept

DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA presents the installation “Labyrinth of Woods” by a unique architect Ben Nagaoka and his unit POINT who create individual environment as inner landscape fusing furniture and space conceptually.

Nagaoka established architectural firm “POINT” in 1999 and their work of huge wood furnishing interior Kaetsu Canyon entered the limelight in 2007. POINT has won JCD(Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers) gold prize two years in a row, for a jewelry shop MUSVI (2008) and Yamakoya, and a small lounge for a library of elementary school (2009). Considering spatial design as media, Nagaoka and his POINT create comfortable and enjoyable environment for the users.

Concept by the architect : Labyrinth of Woods
DIESEL has turned jeans (denim) from daily and ordinary work clothes into fashionable and desirable item by adding the extra creative touch; in a similar manner, we will be creating an “extra-ordinary” shop space where the visitors gravitate deep into the shop from enthusiasm, by using very ordinary material, plywood.
“Labyrinth of Woods” consists of the columns of plywood standing close together randomly. The columns widen as they reach the ceiling and be connected each other to enhance their height and create various spaces.
Instead, closer to the ground level, they are transforming themselves to a table-shaped furniture. In addition, some other extra touches, “holes like stitches” and “mirror panels”, create pleasant space with the sense of fun.

Exhibition Information

Title: Labyrinth of Woods
Artist:Ben Nagaoka + Masahiro Tanaka / POINT
Date:2010.2.10 (WED) – 2010.7.12 (MON)
Venue: DIESEL DENIM GALLERY AOYAMA 1F
Curator:Masaaki Takahashi / BRIZHEAD

Masaaki Takahashi / BRIZHEAD (Curator)
www.brizhead.jp
Independent writer, curator and contributor to Japanese and overseas magazines including FRAME, MARK and Architectural Design, he writes on art, design and architecture. Studied fine art, environmental design, interior design, and international relations in Berlin, London and New York. Established editorial office Brizhead in 1996, he produced various books and authored a lot of books including Kenchiku-purezen-no-okite, Japan The New Mix, Design City Tokyo, etc. In 2009, he started SHA-ken(www.sha-ken.org), a network to bridge architecture and society.

Installation Images

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Biography

  • Ben Nagaoka / POINT

    www.point-tokyo.jp

    Ben Nagaoka was born in Tokyo in 1970. Graduated from Graduate School of Media and Governace, Keio University in 1997. Established POINT with partner Masahiro Tanaka in 1999. Sine 2003 he has worked for Co-Labo, creators’ team and shared office. As a part-time instructor, he teaches at Kuwasa Design School, Keio University, and ICS College of Arts. He also designed some houses which were often exposed in media.

    AWARD:
    • 2008

      Gold Prize, JCD (Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designes)

    • 2009

      2009 Gold Prize, JCD (Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designes)

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