Kumu (written 組む, in Japanese) means to connect or unite. And it’s the name of Noriko Konuma’s new gallery space nestled in the Bakurocho neighborhood Northeast of central Tokyo. True to their name, the retail and workshop space is meant to function as a small village where like-minded individuals from all over the world can come together.
On the 1st floor of the space – a family-owned storage facility that was renovated into its current form – is the shop/gallery. Here you’ll find a carefully curated selection of exquisite homewares. Names like the porcelain brand JICON from Saga prefecture and brass products handmade by FUTAGAMI in Toyama prefecture will be on display. On the 2nd floor is a community space and office where Konuma, along with fellow members Masanori Oji, Takuya Matsuo and Kazuya Kiguchi, plan to hold periodical workshops.
Kumu quietly opened their doors earlier this month. But if you’re in town on May 15 and 16, 2015 you should stop by their opening party. On the 15th it’ll be from 5:00 -8:00pm. The modest celebration will continue on the 16th from 3:00 – 7:00pm. You can keep up with their activities on Facebook and Instagram.