27 Feb 2013 • Japanese Design
Otsuka Gofukuten by Yusuke Seki
A new kimono shop in Kyoto, housed in a former tofu store, is attempting to bring back kimono style by mixing traditional design and interiors with effortless modern style.
Designer Yusuke Seki kept the white tile of the original shop, but added scratches and sanding to create new textures. Traditional touches were maintained for the store, which is just down the street from a local shrine, including classic shelving units and vintage glasses in the windows. For the occasional pop, coloured stones scattered were throughout.
Although once worn as a household basic, kimonos are now usually worn for formal events. The store attempts to reintroduce more affordable kimonos, displayed in three price points on the main floor, while an upper floor is reserved for a gallery.
Photos by Takumi Ota.