Kengo Kuma

“Furniture that blends into the surroundings I want tables and chairs to be light and delicate. Such elegant pieces are content to play a supporting role and never attempt to steal the spotlight.

The starring roles are performed by our human bodies or by the food or drinks we place on the table.

To respect and complement these living entities, I want furniture to be as understated as possible.” Kengo Kuma in response to the exhibition of his furniture works at Time & Styl, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Although the architecture of Kengo Kuma has become well-known throughout the world, few people know that he also independently designs almost all of the furniture to accompany his architecture. This will be the first European exhibition of the furniture he has designed for his projects over the last 10 years, which has been commercialised together with Time & Style.

Contemporary Past

Historically, the greatest architects—Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Alvar Aalto—have comprehensively designed buildings, interiors and furniture all together. In this modern era, Kengo Kuma also aims to design his furniture from scratch, just like the greatest architects of the past, while he is also attempting to make new discoveries in architecture. He is quite a unique person in the field of contemporary architecture, defining and designing both buildings and furniture with a single concept thus creating comprehensive architecture.

A remarkable point of Kengo Kuma’ s furniture design is that he explores the themes of Japanese traditional lifestyle, tools and techniques through his designs. He reinterprets the Japanese lifestyle and traditional skills, creating contemporary furniture design.

Time & Style, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have been working together with Kengo Kuma and Associates since 2009, manufacturing furniture for his many new projects over the last 10 years.

Exhibition last till August 18, 2019.