Gyokusendo is a copperware manufacturer with 200 years of history. Based in the town of Tsubame in Niigata prefecture, their craftsmen take a sheet of copper and delicately hammering and beating their way to creating beautiful pieces of tableware and kitchenware. Their practice and technique has been chosen as Intangible Cultural Property by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
DAIKEI MILLS was asked to design their new store to be opened in Ginza Six – Tokyo’s latest iconic shopping complex. Since Ginza is Tokyo’s primal high-end shopping area, and the ambition of Ginza Six project being to cater to those discerning shoppers from around the world, the client’s request was to create a store that is iconic enough to serve as a flagship to spread their unique craftsmanship beyond Japan.
From the outset, an important theme for this project seemed to be to create “a space that feels real.” Since the entire power and beauty of the craft came from such a tangible, hand-made process, the thought of forcibly