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In a corner of the city that is constantly changing through repeated metabolism, we created a store that serves as a reminder that our lives originate in nature and that culture is an extension of it. The materials used are soil from the Mino area, 50km north of the entrance to the site. Humans have been using soil / clay in their daily lives since the distant past through various trials and errors, sometimes as a bowl for meals or a flower vase to add color to their lives, and sometimes as a material for plastering or for tiles to bring expression to architecture. For this store, too, we aimed to create a space which portrays the process of borrowing from such indeterminate nature and attempting to give form to it.

The store was housed in a space distinguished by its two windows. With this in mind, we designed the wall line to gently divide the space into a private area and a public area with the main sink. Soil from the Mino area was used as a plastering material for the walls. Two different colors of clay from different locations in the same area were used to add depth to the space. In addition, wood was used for shelves and storage areas where durability was required, and the same soil was powdered to stain the wood used. While metal hardware was used for some of the finishes, such as the water area, we aimed to create a space where the softness and calmness unique to soil coexist in a minimalist atmosphere by drawing out the various expressions created from this single material, soil.

Client: Aesop
Type of Project: Interior
Use: Shop
Period: Aug 2021 – Mar 2022
Floor Area: 89.94m2
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Design: Koichi Futatsumata, Yuki Onita(CASE-REAL)
Construction: D.BRAIN CO.,LTD.
Lighting Plan: Tatsuki Nakamura(BRANCH LIGHTING DESIGN)
Photo: Courtesy of Aesop

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