May 22, 2022

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past meets present in kenta nagai’s industrially elegant watch store in tokyo


the japanese watch store is the definition of brutalist luxury

 

as if stepping into one of tokyo‘s abandoned, underground shrines, the askwatch store by interior designer kenta nagai is the definition of brutalist luxury. amongst the crooked concrete walls, the rare and high-end products are displayed like trophies on the illuminated shelves. the existing building’s fragmented architecture through the years becomes the perfect setting for the japanese watches, as the two time-frames meet. 


kenta nagai’s watch store is as immersive as it gets with the layered materiality and sophistication

all images courtesy of kenta nagai

 

 

kenta nagai keeps the fragmented rawness exposed

 

instead of covering-up and smoothening-out the various fractures, japanese designer kenta nagai chooses to highlight and embrace them. to stay true to his philosophy ‘simple’, ‘honest’ and ‘borderless’, the watch store‘s, crevices, cracks, holes and pipes are all exposed and beautified. over a span of 75m2, the two floors take the customer on a quest to find what he desires where the interior rawness is coupled with contemporary yet industrial touches.

past meets present in kenta nagai's industrially elegant watch store in tokyo
the existing rawness is highlighted with a contemporary industrial feel

 

 

industrial elegance shines through kenta nagai’s watch store

 

 

the white strips of  lights, the pebbles, stainless-steel display cases, built-in sitting booths and the walnut under-lit floor integrate profoundly the different layers in materiality with sophisticated, minimal touches. while the concrete shell hides the electrical and mechanical services, the dividing plasterboard panels showcase a seamless aesthetic. in a room filled with juxtaposition, a sense of elegance shines through. 

past meets present in kenta nagai's industrially elegant watch store in tokyo
the concrete shell hides all the electrical and mechanical services

past meets present in kenta nagai's industrially elegant watch store in tokyo
designer kenta nagai chooses to keep the pipes, cracks and crevices all exposed

past meets present in kenta nagai's industrially elegant watch store in tokyo
modern touches highlight what feels like an archeological site



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