I completely forgot to mention one of the most exciting things about my trip to Japan last month. I checked out The National Art Center in Roppongi.
Designed by the well-known architect Kisho Kurokawa, the museum opened in January of 2007. The “within the woods” theme is well communicated in the building’s organic-shaped exterior that reminds one of the rolling hills and mountains that are so prevalent in Japan.
The museum also boasts a Moma Store-equivalent, except their souvenir shop is curated by hip Japanese design studio Cibone. Anyway, this post is about the museum so lets take a look at some pictures!
The facade. Quite exquisite at night…
Salon de The Rond. A cafe that sits atop the oval surface (hence the name “Rond” or round) on a gigantic cone-looking structure. Impressive.
Photos: daiji kemmochi
What I found interesting about the museum was the choice of furniture because whoever was responsible was certainly a die-hard fan of Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner. His chairs can be found all over the place!
1F East Atrium – The Shell Chair (1963)
1F West Atrium – The Easy Chair (1950)
3F Library – The Elbow Chair (1956)
2F Salon de The Rond – Wishbone Chair (Y Chair) (1949)
So this museum is very multi-purpose. You can go there an enjoy their extensive book collection in the library, enjoy some classic Danish furniture, and immerse yourself in fine art all at the same time!