Suppose Design Office has just shared with us their latest work for the Diesel Denim Gallery in Aoyama, Japan. While Makoto Tanijiri, the principle of Suppose, has designed over 60 residences (several of which we have featured previously on AD) his work also includes commercial and exhibition spaces. Tanijiri and Masaaki Takahashi, an independent writer and editor specializing in various fields of design and this exhibit’s curator, have created a gallery space for the Diesel clothing line. The Diesel Denim Gallery, the signature store of the brand name, functions as a gallery space for art installations and exhibits throughout the year showcasing talented rising artists. For this year’s store installation, Tanijiri has created an “innovative art space” entitled Nature Factory.
More about the Nature Factory after the break.
For the Nature Factory installation, a series of pipes branch across the stores in all directions. The placement of the artificial plumbing echoes a tree’s branches growing over a period of extended time. Tanijiri notes, “Denim as recognized work clothes formerly had, at times, shown different expressions as fashion items to the people. Equally, a group of plumbing, usually unnoticed, shows completely different expressions in the installation.” As the pipes run across the ceiling and down the walls, the fashion items are arranged among the network of pipes to show that “such primarily functional things actually are more diverse and also have higher value.”