Since their establishment in 1984, Scope Coco has strived to bring together the Nishijin-style kimono making with more contemporary concepts and usage. Their efforts to push the boundaries of kimono have been recognized widely, by the likes of New York’s Metropolitan Museum and Vogue magazine.
When DAIKEI MILLS was brought on board to design the brand’s new showroom space, the client had already identified an old “machiya” – a traditional “town-house” commonly found in historic streets of Kyoto – as the location. The challenge for this project, as put forward by the client, was to create a space that both respect the timeless value of tradition and reinterpret parts of it to create contemporary relevance.
DAIKEI MILLS answer to deconstructing the machiya architecture is immediately obvious once you enter the building. Whereas usually a corridor would provide a passage to separate the rooms, this has been blocked off & replaced by the presence of “black skin” cube made of raw steel. Thus, visitors are forced to navigate