May 2021 vol. 229


My smallest architecture
Hiroshi Nakumura & NAP

Announcing our new product, the Takenoko chair
11 June – 25 June 2021

Time & Style Atmosphere

A chair that coexists with nature and embodies the naturalistic lifestyle esthetic of Japanese people

Takenoko is a term coined from the resemblance of natural unhusked logs used as floor pillars in alcoves to the cross-section of bamboo shoots when processed in a manner involving diagonally shaving off the parts on the tatami mats so that it is easier to insert the tatami mats.

Our ancestors incorporated unhusked logs in their natural form into tea huts. This is a concise representation of naturalistic philosophy, different from the Shoin-zukuri style of esthetics composed of squared timber. Also, takenoko which appears in floor pillars embodies the sense of wabi-sabi resembling bamboo shoots inside the house that were originally detested as things that pierce floors being loved for the charm of hovels.

To face the natural state of trees and make them conform to one’s own lifestyle. The Takenoko chair embodies the beauty and esthetic sense of Japanese people, who live together with nature.

I often use logs in their natural form in architecture. Compared to squared timber, logs are distorted and have different thicknesses, requiring time and technology for design and construction, but the beauty of not only the material but also of humans living in accordance with nature creates a unique softness and comfort in the space. For many years, we have been wanting to create a chair that embodies coexistence with nature and the naturalistic lifestyle esthetic of Japanese people that suits such a space with our own hands. (Hiroshi Nakamura)

Hiroshi Nakamura

Hiroshi Nakamura is born in Tokyo in 1974 and has spent his teen years in Kamakura and Kanazawa. He is graduated from the Graduate School of Science and Technology of Meiji University in 1999 with his master degree in Architecture.

After the graduation, he has joined Kengo Kuma & Associates. In 2002, he established Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP.

Nakamura believes that all design should respect the local climate, topography, culture, industry, and more importantly, the behaviors and feelings of the people who live there.

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art exhibition


Yuka Shiobara Exhibition

June 4 (Friday) – July 4 (Sunday), 2021
Open daily 11 am – 8 pm 

Time & Style Midtown

Yuka Shiobara / 2019 / 1620 x 2590mm / Oil painting and oil pastel on canvas / Photo by Shinya Nakazato

Time & Style Midtown will hold the exhibit “ART IN TIME & STYLE MIDTOWN vol.19: INDISTINCT IMAGES,” welcoming artist Yuka Shiobara. The appeal of Yuka Shiobara’s paintings does not easily translate to photographed images. The texture of the glossy surface, the brush strokes and image beneath that layer, and the charms of these elements change with the slightest movement of the viewer’s gaze, transforming the delicate expression of the work. Concealed in the works is appeal inherent in the colors and brush strokes that can only be revealed to the naked eye. The times remain difficult, but we hope you will visit to claim the experience of freely feeling the artist’s works through your own eyes.

The works contain motifs that bear key roles in the portraits and still lifes of historic Western paintings, along with decorative elements. The painting structure is deformed to compose the canvas, with the meaning birthed by the image changed in size and form through the bold use of concrete motifs. Through composition with tactile textures and colors, the meaning is canceled, and the work is depicted in a way that better evokes “something” in the viewer without being drawn toward the meanings of the motifs themselves. (Yuka Shiobara)

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Haruka Hirai exhibition

20th May – 20th June 2021

Time & Style Amsterdam

The medium becomes subject and the subject becomes medium. All climate presupposes this constant topological inversion, this oscillation that undoes the border between subject and environment, a role-reversing oscillation. Mixture is not simply the composition of elements but this precise relationship of topological exchange. Mixture is what defines the state of fluidity. […] The structure of universal circulation is fluid, the place where everything comes into contact with everything else and comes to mix with it without losing its form and its own substance.

   EMANUELE COCCIA (2019). The Life of Plants

In my paintings, these elements of the thoughts and bodies, ideas and matter, oblivion and phenomena, blind spots and visual perception, and pages and space are not in a relationship of contiguity but in a mutual compenetration. Like the atmosphere (=fluid) that surrounds plants, the whole environment in which the painting is placed can merge with the painting itself, and the painting creates the space (=fluid).

Haruka Hirai official site


Katsutoshi Mizuno Porcelain Exhibition

Until June 27, 2021

Time & Style Midtown

With the reopening of the Time & Style Midtown store, we have decided to extend the Katustoshi Mizuno Porcelain exhibition until June 27, 2021, so that more people can enjoy the beautiful works of Mr. Mizuno.

We accept inquiries about Mizuno’s works by phone or email. Please feel free to contact us.

Tel 03-5413-3501

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