GARDE For “Louis Poulsen Tokyo”: The World’s First Directly Operated Flagship Store Opens on November 10, 2023

Louis Poulsen is a Danish lighting brand with a rich history, founded in 1874.

The brand has operated a contract showroom, but the opening of the world’s first company-operated flagship store, “Louis Poulsen Tokyo,” in Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, is garnering attention as a space accessible to a broader range of customers.

As part of the store’s transformation into a flagship establishment, GARDE was entrusted with local architecture, project management, and construction.

Taking inspiration from traditional design, materials, and coloring, the store embodies the new brand identity of Louis Poulsen, revamped in January 2023. Adorning the exterior wall near the entrance is the newly installed logo, representing the initials “LP” for Louis Poulsen. Additionally, the three-shade lamp, one of the brand’s most iconic and innovative designs, is elegantly showcased.

Immerse yourself in this enchanting new store and indulge in the high-end lighting crafted with passionate craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and innovative design.

To explore more about the Louis Poulsen Tokyo Store, please visit the following link.

Louis Poulsen Tokyo Store
Address: AY Bldg. 1F & 2F, 3-2-2 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 11:00-19:00, open year-round

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Image Credit: Louis Poulsen

Yanji Department Store Renovation Project #2 -2F Ladies’ Fashion Floor-

Yanji Department Store, the area’s top revenue earner and one of Yanji City’s most prestigious department stores, has initiated a floor-by-floor renovation project. Following the 4F men’s floor discussed in the previous article, we will now introduce the 2F ladies’ fashion floor. GARDE was responsible for basic planning, basic design, implementation design, design supervision, and lighting design.

Click here to read an article of 4F men’s floor renovation project.

Design Concept and Key Words for 2F Ladies’ Fashion Floor

The concept behind the renovation of the 2F ladies’ floor of the Yanji Department Store is “Luxury from bold & delicate.”
The three keywords “Simple, Elegant, and Playful” are essential to express this concept. The entire floor is composed of simple, elegant, feminine and soft forms. We designed the floor with the expectation that it will be a fashion floor supported by the younger generation, by creating simple yet playful accents in shapes and colors, and by providing a mechanism that allows visitors to enjoy moving around the space.

Floor Highlights 1:Sparkling event spaces

On the ladies’ floor, the limited-time Pop-Up event space plays an important role in encouraging visitor circulation. Therefore, the design was created with an eye toward showcasing the area as a glamorous and appealing area on the floor.

The ceilings of the multiple Pop-Up spaces are all designed differently to give each a different spatial concept and light effect. By creating change within a simple space, we designed it so that visitors can enjoy every aspect of the floor without getting bored.

Under the condition of a low ceiling height, making it challenging to incorporate large lighting and three-dimensional designs, a ceiling mirror was introduced to generate a sense of depth and three-dimensionality. To create an eye-catching design, suspended lighting with randomly varied lengths of reflection was utilized. The lighting incorporates a mix of gold and silver to prevent a monotonous appearance. The outcome is a three-dimensional Pop-Up space exuding a feminine delicacy and sparkle.
Floor Highlights 2:Charming Lingerie Area

The lingerie area has garnered positive feedback from both clients and tenants. The slit design was implemented to evoke a sense of semi-private space for each tenant while fostering a unified atmosphere throughout the entire area. The hexagonal shape of the pipes in the slit area increases the number of surfaces, and the play of light reflection creates the impression of sparkling and twinkling lights.

To further enhance the spatial ambiance, a wall and fitting room were incorporated in the middle section. This adjustment made the lingerie area more prominent on the second floor, successfully meeting the client’s request to maximize the utilization of dead space.

Consequently, a lingerie area that exudes a warm and feminine aesthetic was successfully created.

Designer’s message:After Completion of the Entire Renovation…

The commercial market continues to display a trend of channel diversification, notably with online consumption surpassing offline consumption. Conversely, there is a counter-trend towards online fatigue, leading to a rediscovery of the pleasures associated with offline consumption. Offline experiences encompass not only buying but also understanding, conversing, and physically interacting with products, offering a diverse range of encounters. Indoor design plays a crucial role in enhancing these experiences, transforming them into enduring memories, and prompting customers to revisit the space.

Yanji Department Store is committed to ongoing transformation, aspiring to become an even more cherished facility. We anticipate that the local community will follow its evolution with interest and support.

Designer Profile

Akihisa Wakayama
Design Division, Large-scale Facility Design Department, Chief Designer

After working on the design of large-scale commercial facilities at a domestic design firm, he joined Garde in 2021.While designing mainly large commercial facilities such as department stores, he has also worked on many specialty stores. He is currently working on a wide range of projects mainly in Asia.

Property Information

Name: Yanji Department Store 2F Ladies’ Fashion Floor
Official Opening: August 18th, 2023
Location: No.608 Guangming Street, Yanji City, Jilin Province
Design Area: 7600㎡

You can also find more information about GARDE’s past projects here.

Yanji Department Store Renovation Project #1 -4F Men’s Floor-

Located in Yanji City, Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture, Jilin Province, China, Yanji Department Store, the area’s top revenue earner and one of Yanji City’s most prestigious department stores.

Yanji Department Store has started a floor-by-floor renovation project. Following last year’s renovation on the 6th floor for kids, GARDE was in charge of basic planning, basic design, implementation design, design supervision, and lighting design for the men’s floor on the 4th floor.

Click here to read an article of 6F Kids floor renovation project.

About the Whole experience of the Renovation

The initial impression of the facility before the renovation conveyed a sense of a single flow line and unified spatial design on the floor. While we acknowledged that the tenants and products were well organized, there was a recognition of the need to add a bit more stimulation and change, viewing a commercial facility as something enjoyable.

Consequently, we established the following major directions for the spatial design:
1.”Create features for each floor that align with the tenants.”
2.”Craft a lively circulation with changes in the flow lines.”
3.”Develop a rich sales area with numerous attractions by increasing functions and incorporating eye-catching areas.”

These directives aim to enhance the individuality of each floor in alignment with the tenants, introduce an engaging circulation with dynamic flow line changes, and enrich the sales area with numerous functions and visually appealing elements. The goal is to transform the facility into a dynamic and enjoyable space for visitors.

Design Concept and Key Words for 4F Men’s Floor

The concept behind the renovation of the 4F men’s floor at Yanji Department Store is “NOBLE MODERN MEN’S LOUNGE” — a vision of a simple, sophisticated, and relaxing lounge space.
Considering the client’s preference for less use of colors and a focus on luxury and texture, the following keywords were employed in the design:

  • The space was crafted with a gray-beige base color to impart a bright and luxurious ambiance. A monotonous impression was avoided by introducing a variety within the same color scheme.

  • LINE:
  • Line design was integrated to infuse dynamic movement and variation into the entire space, contributing to an overall sense of sophistication.

  • Geometric designs were strategically employed to accentuate the space, creating a three-dimensional and visually engaging environment.

    These three keywords guided the design process, resulting in the successful creation of a well-designed, high-quality space that aligns with the envisioned “NOBLE MODERN MEN’S LOUNGE” concept.

    Upgrading tenants and making the floor more spacious by design

    There are two main types of sales floors: the wall side section and the middle section. Wall side section have a large floor area and walls to display the products, and are usually occupied by leading brands. On the other hand, the middle section has a limited amount of merchandise and less wall space, so there is a preconceived notion that it is reserved for tenants that are not strong enough to compete. By eliminating this problem, we have reduced the gap between the wall side and the middle section by placing superior stores in the middle section as well, thereby upgrading the tenants on the floor as a whole. To this end, we aimed to make the middle section more attractive, first by improving the flow line advantage, and second by improving the design of the middle section.

    Although the above efforts resulted in the leasing of another prominent brand in the middle section, the tenant’s layout requirements were at risk of disrupting the functionality of the floor design.

    In order to prevent the creation of walls within the tenants that would create shadows and hide the wall stores, the middle section was designed with a high degree of visibility and design restrictions. As a design supervisor, we were able to prevent the entire floor from becoming closed off and achieve both tenant upgrades and a sense of spaciousness on the floor by persistent negotiation until the very last minute of the opening.

    The most Difficult part of the Renovation: Lighting Planning

    Lighting is one of the key elements that can significantly change the ambience and impression of a space with a single fixture.
    In the renovation of the 6F kids’ floor that we worked on last year, the floor was darker than expected, and tenants in the middle section in particular faced a problem of insufficient illumination without additional lighting.

    In China, due to the budget of the construction company, the replacement of lighting fixtures always occurs, and coupled with the Covid-19, it becomes even more difficult to procure the desired fixtures.
    By confirming and clearing up the previous issues, while designing for the desired illuminance and effect, and taking into account the risks that may occur on site, we were able to significantly improve the illuminance issue.

    The Path to the Renovation of the Men’s floor

    Since there are fewer facilities and spaces on the men’s floor of a department store as case studies than on the Ladies’ floor, we communicated with the client a number of times during the image-sharing phase to determine what kind of space would be appropriate for the renovated floor.

    For example, we discussed the color balance of the ceiling and floor and the degree of complexity of the design, and we used dynamic diagonal lines on the ceiling and floor in order to create the effect that visitors would circulate to all ends of the floor in terms of flow lines and visually. Through these repeated efforts, we feel that we were able to move one step closer to the ideal space.

    The ceiling is simple and white, while the floor is covered in three different colors. Lines at the same angle on the top and bottom create a sense of unity in the space.
    Property Information

    Name: Yanji Department Store 4F Men’s Floor
    Official Opening: May 31, 2023
    Location: No.608 Guangming Street, Yanji City, Jilin Province
    Design Area: 7600㎡

    In the next issue, we will take a closer look at the story behind the renovation of the 2F ladies’ floor of Yanji Department Store.

    GARDE for “Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya”: Reflecting on SHIBUYA, a City of Diversity, in Interior Design

    Hyatt House, a brand of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, was founded on the principle of “stay as you live,” with over 100 locations worldwide, it provides a spacious and upscale environment where guests can truly enjoy comfort and convenience.
    Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya, the first of its kind in Tokyo, is located in the Shibuya Sakura Stage, one of the major facilities in the redevelopment project of the central Shibuya Station area, which is said to be a once-in-a-century project, and has a total of 125 guest rooms including 18 suites.

    GARDE was entrusted with the concept design, schematic design, design development, design supervision, art coordination, procurement and installation, as well as signage planning for the facility, encompassing both public areas and guest rooms.

    Design Concept

    Shibuya is a place where one can immerse themselves in the latest trends and culture, while simultaneously preserving the charm of the adjacent high-end residences and the ambiance of the old days found in the alleys and side streets. The interior design of this space was created with this “duality” in mind so that visitors can experience the “diversity of SHIBUYA” in their own unique way.”

    The artwork, which runs from the 3rd floor entrance to each guest room, is based on the theme of “duality” in conjunction with the spatial design concept to convey the charm of the Shibuya area.
    The 19 artworks by 8 artists, which express the essence of Shibuya and its diversity and interactivity, decorate the common spaces of the facility.

    Surrounded by a variety of Tokyo’s trend-setting stores and restaurants, and in a location where various cultures intersect, Shibuya has created a space for a casual “living” experience that is unique to Shibuya.

    Highlight of Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya

    In the heart of Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s most exciting districts, Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya opened as one of the main facilities of “Shibuya Sakura Stage”, the first of its kind in Tokyo. For the client, who had long cherished the desire to open a new hotel in Shibuya, we aimed to provide a space that blends seamlessly with the concept of the facility itself and the city of Shibuya, where guests can stay conveniently and comfortably as if they were at home, even when they are away from home.

    The Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya has elements of comfort scattered throughout, including the guest rooms.
    As guests ascend to the 16th floor via the elevator, they are greeted by the soothing tones of a music box art installation in the reception lobby. On the same floor, the lounge bar features a long counter offering views of the outdoor garden. This area is open for free use and communication, not restricted to hotel guests.

    The 16th-floor multi-function room, overlooking the outdoor garden, serves as a versatile space suitable for small meetings and exhibitions.

    An uncommon indoor swimming pool in the Shibuya area treats guests to breathtaking city views, complete with a Jacuzzi poolside. Alongside the 24-hour fitness gym, it’s an ideal place to unwind in an elegant setting after a day in the city’s bustling streets.

    Facility Information

    Name: Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya
    Address: 3-3 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 150-0031
    Floors: 30 stories above ground (1-3 floors, 6-16 floors)
    Guest rooms: 125 rooms
    Architectural design: TODA CORPORATION
    Interior design: GARDE Co., Ltd.
    Lighting design: Lightmoment Inc.

    About Hyatt House

    Hyatt House hotels are tailored for guests in search of spacious living accommodations equipped with everything they need for short or extended stays. With over 100 hotels worldwide, Hyatt House offers home-like amenities, attentive service, and contemporary spaces. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast, a creative and thoughtfully curated menu in the bar area, as well as comfortable common areas, both indoors and outdoors, ideal for working, socializing, and relaxation.

    Hyatt House
    Hyatt House Tokyo Shibuya

    Candeo Hotels Kyoto Karasuma Rokkaku’s Exceptional Charm Drives Record Number of Design Awards in GARDE’s History

    Candeo Hotels Karasuma Rokkaku has received an Honorable Mention in the Renovation category of the prestigious DNA Paris Design Awards, an international design accolade held annually in the vibrant city of Paris, France. This recognition marks the sixth award garnered by Candeo Hotels Kyoto Karasuma Rokkaku.

    The hallmark of Candeo Hotels Kyoto Karasuma Rokkaku lies in the redesign of a valuable machiya (townhouse), the former Banke Residence, which is registered as a tangible cultural property of Kyoto City. Our mission has been to honor the vision of its client by preserving and restoring this invaluable traditional architectural gem, breathing new life into it as a splendid and distinctive hotel.

    The Banke Residence stands as an exquisite example of machiya architecture, renowned for its opulent layout and interior spaces meticulously crafted by a prosperous merchant. This architectural gem was primarily designed to embody spiritual richness and offer unparalleled comfort, featuring a charming courtyard that allows residents to savor the ever-changing beauty of the seasons.

    In the realm of design, the concept embraced for this project seeks to harness and elevate the inherent virtues of the Banke Residence. Here, the preciousness of this historical treasure is likened to the brilliance of a jewel, and the interiors are adorned with glittering decorations reminiscent of bijoux (jewelry). This approach seamlessly marries the splendor of Kyoto’s traditional crafts and ornaments with a modern sensibility, resulting in a harmonious fusion of the past and the present.

    The endeavor to achieve a design that seamlessly integrates with the rich historical surroundings, brimming with iconic buildings and heritage, led to the thoughtful incorporation of elements reminiscent of Japanese-style architecture. The hallmark straight lines of Japanese design were skillfully employed, complemented by a palette inspired by travertine hues, warm pink and intricate bronze detailing. The outcome is a space that presents an unexpected fusion of Western aesthetics within a traditional context. The inclusion of walnut further enhances the overall sense of opulence.

    In addition to the meticulous design, new spaces like a library and a bar have been thoughtfully introduced to offer guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in and appreciate every facet of Kyoto’s historical machiya and its deep-rooted traditional culture. In essence, this establishment operates as a cultural facility where visitors can both stay and partake in a rich cultural experience.

    DNA Paris Design Awards 2023
    The DNA Paris Design Awards, held in the vibrant city of Paris, France, serves as a prestigious platform for recognizing exceptional designers across various domains, encompassing architecture, interior design, landscape design, graphic design, and product design. This distinguished accolade was established through the collaborative efforts of the Farmani Group and In Between, a dynamic creative collective dedicated to nurturing and celebrating exceptional design talent on a global scale.

    ◆Awarded Project Overview:
    Property:Candeo Hotels Kyoto Karasuma Rokkaku
    Category:INTERIOR DESIGN – Renovation

    GARDE actively participates in numerous national and international awards annually, with a steadfast commitment to showcasing the excellence of its spaces and designs, even after the completion of property projects. This dedication underscores GARDE’s unwavering pursuit of design excellence and innovation.

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