In 2004, TORAFU ARCHITECTS completed our first project, ‘TEMPLATE IN CLASKA’ where we were approached to design 3 rooms inside the CLASKA hotel. Half a year later, we re-designed the roof space of this hotel with ‘TABLE ON THE ROOF’. During that time, we also were running our office from there. So CLASKA has a special place for us.
Currently we have our solo show in CLASKA Gallery&Shop “DO” in this hotel. We are showing the complete range of ‘koloro-desk / koloro-stool’, a desk which you can arrange as your own private space, which have been jointly-developed by the decorative plywood maker “Ichiro” and TORAFU ARCHITECTS. This exhibition will also include versions which we collaborated with mina perhonen. Because this name ‘koloro’ is an Esperanto word, meaning color, many colors are used at the exhibition.
We hang many colorful “airvase” throughout the space, which are jointly-developed by KAMI NO KOSAKUJO and TORAFU ARCHITECTS, including a new version where we collaborated with photographer Mikiya Takimoto, and a special version of“airvase”, which is enough large to cover your whole body, floating up and down with the help of a motor. By floating them from the entrance to exhibiting space and whole space of this store, we have built a sense of unity in the venue.
In addition, we are showing a wide range of our products such as “CMYK”, “Kitchen Blocks”, “softblock”, a new released product “clopen”, as well as bookends made by wood left over from the making of koloro desk, which is a project in progress. The curious products naturally prompt visitors to pick up and explore. This colorful exhibition displaying our various products is a place that people enjoy our koloro (color).Designer: Torafu Architects Principle use: EXHIBITION SITE
Production: Ichiro / Fukunaga print / TORAFU ARCHITECTS
Building site: CLASKA GALLERY & SHOP”DO”Main branch
Total floor area: 280m2
Design period: 2012.06-08
Construction period: 2012.08
Photo: Akihiro Ito / Hiroyuki Matsubara