Jo Nagasaka and his Flat Tables
Architect Jo Nagasaka was born in Osaka. After graduating from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts of Tokyo University of the Arts, he founded Studio Schemata (currently Schemata Architecture Office). In 2007 a partner-initiative called Happa, with which a gallery and other facilities are shared, was established. Among his works are Sayama Flat, 63.02, Flat Table, HAPPA HOTEL, PACO, Aesop Aoyama and LLOVE HOTEL.
Nagasaka designed a collection of Flat Tables especially for OPTIONS! As the table could not be shipped to the Netherlands because of its sheer size, a local craftsman and a Dutch factory worked together with Nagasaka to realize these objects.
Nagasaka shows an investigative and involved attitude in his work and is interested in giving existing objects a second life while showing its history. Examples of this are the LLOVE Hotel which was created in an old building in Daikanyama district Tokyo and the used objects he transforms together with Tsunami victims by way of support. With his Flat Table, antique tables are given a second life. Because of the rough and bended surface of the antique tables, pouring colored epoxy onto them results in a flat surface with color shades depending on the indents of the table top.
Our relationship with Jo Nagasaka goes back to 2009 when we were preparing for a temporary LLOVE Hotel in Tokyo which was realized in 2010 by Jo Nagasaka as Architect Director. Besides rooms, designed by Japanese and Dutch designers, it included a café-restaurant, a shop and a book shop.
Designers: Jo Nagasaka, Yuko Nagayama, Ryuji Nakamura, Hideyuki Nakamura, Richard Hutten, Joep van Lieshout, Pieke Bergmans, Scholten & Baijings en Thonik.
Concept by Suzanne Oxenaar, Artistic Director Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy and Hotel The Exchange.