A tea with Kengo Kuma

Poets and warriors from ancient Japan inspire mobile tea rooms by Kengo Kuma.

Oribe Tea House by Kengo Kuma for Philippe Gravier - Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMiami/.

DesignMiami/ 2015. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designs two mobile tea rooms linked to the teaching of poets and the art of tea by master warrior of Japan’s history for gallery Philippe Gravier. The pavilions are part of the Elements of Architecure project, a the series of sculptural design installations commissioned by the  Paris based  gallery to top international architects and artists.


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"Hojo-an after 800 Years" pavilion by Kengo Kuma for Philippe Gravier - Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMilami/.

The Element of Architecture projects are never about designing furniture, but more a question of architectural style” Say at Philippe Gravier. Indeed, Kengo Kuma site-specific tea rooms for DesignMiami/ are designed to “show the legacy of Japanese culture and the modernity of architectural contemporary forms”.

Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMilami/.

Hojo-an after 800 Years tea room reinterprets the compact housing protoypes of thinker, and poetKamo No Chomei, an hermit and essayst who died in 1.200 A.D. The installation is a light cube with a side of 3m that works as a contemporary humble cottage – Hojo in Japanese.

Kengo Kuma Gravier A3
Kengo Kuma Gravier A4

“Hojos are the starting point of Japanese dwelling history. On the opposite the installation emphasize the idea of  mobility” says Kengo Kuma. The structure is made in opaque ETFE sheets rolled onto a light cedar wood structure together with textile and magnets.

Oribe Tea House by Kengo Kuma for Philippe Gravier - Photo by ArchiPanic.

Oribe Tea House is a temporary mobile room resembling an irregularly-shaped cocoon. The pavilion’s design pays homage to a deformed tea ceremony bowl Furuta Oribe, a XVI century warrior and master of the tea ceremony.

Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMilami/.

Thick corrugated plastic boards are arrayed at intervals and fixed together using banding bands. Once the bands are unfastened, the tea room returns to an assembly of cheap elements, making it easy to move. Entering the pavilion a white and pure minimal environment and isolate from the outside and allow to concentrate on the tea rituality.

Kengo Kuma Gravier B4
Kengo Kuma Gravier B3

Elements of Architecture designs represent tradition and excellence, inscribed in both artistic and environmental landscapes. All the installation are produced in a limited edition of five by special order at the gallery.

"Hojo-an after 800 Years" pavilion by Kengo Kuma for Philippe Gravier - Photo by James Harris, courtesy of DesignMilami/.

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