FAN JAPAN SHOP
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This shop sells traditional Japanese crafts in a commercialcomplex in Kuala Lumpur. When viewed from the outside passage, the sales floor fixtures are illuminated with spot lighting to create a sharp contrast between light and shadow.
Towards the rear, there is a café separated from the sales floor by a grid screen. The rearmost wall behind the café bar is covered in reflective tin leaf and is uniformly illuminated.
When viewed from outside, the screen creates a silhouette resembling a Japanese shoji door caught the light, giving the space a sense of depth.
As these elements come together, a uniquely Japanese light and shadow aesthetic exemplified in Kyoto’s Katsura Imperial Villa is recreated within the context of a commercial facility.
The tin leaf wall covering, meticulously handmade by Japanese craftsmen, imparts the high degree of Japanese spatial expression to the local workers who applied it.