For the past 10 years a small Furoshiki shop has maintained a quiet presence in the back-streets of vibrant Harajuku. But for their anniversary, Musubi, which sells traditional wrapping cloths known as furoshiki, decided to give themselves a facelift.
The new store opened last month and it’s like night and day. In the original configuration the shop had numerous bags and cloths hanging in front of the window, giving the shop a cluttered, uninviting feel. The new layout puts all the showcased designs in a tiled presentation like a palette to be taken in all at once.
“This showcase wall puts on display their rich selection while offering a clean and categorized presentation,” says Torafu Architects, who oversaw the renovation. Two round wooden tables occupy the walking space, and also help to counter the coldness of the existing stone flooring. The stools and their custom seat plates that feature furoshiki designs are also a nice touch. Finally, the courtyard, which previously went underutilized, was transformed into an event space.