In the case of the Happo-en Garden project in Tokyo, Interface’s Urban Retreat Collection played a major role in reflecting the traditions of Japanese Nishijin culture.
Happo-en is a magnificent garden in Tokyo’s stylish Shirokanedai district featuring a traditional Muan Tea House, garden terrace café and Enju Restaurant. Happo is Japanese for “in all directions”, En means “garden”, hence Happo-en got its name because of the beautiful views that surrounds the facilities.
Designed by Mr. Yukio Hashimoto, Hashimoto Yukio Design Studio, the client’s brief was to sew some Japanese tradition into the project and match it with a contemporary aesthetic.: “Using traditional Japanese style, we tried to bring modern and sophisticated atmosphere into the spaces.”
In true Japanese style and simplicity, Mr. Hashimoto proposed that the design should feature Nishijin brocade to reflect both the modern and traditional ethos of the Happo-en garden.
Created in Kyoto over 1,200 years ago by using many different types of coloured yarns and weaving them together into decorative designs, these specialised procedures are tedious, but necessary to obtain the spectacular design needed to ensure the quality of Nishijin weaving.
“We proposed a design with sophisticated and high-class touch,” says Mr. Hashimoto, “which also makes people feel calm and relaxed. With the *Nishijin brocade designed door – which resembles the four seasons of Happo-en’s garden – and sealing design inspired by sea of clouds, UR501 resembled the bark and matched beautifully. A presentation we made to the client was not only about the design, but also the functionality of Interface carpet tiles, using sample tile and installed images. We wanted something that is modern and has nature motif, and UR501 matched exactly what we were looking for. We liked how we could apply many kinds of installation methods, allowing us to discuss how to best design the carpet tiles to appropriately match the atmosphere.”