Located at a residential area in Japan is a small shop which sells antiques. “Antiques” are objects which are, different from manufactured products, becoming increasingly charming together with the passing of time. Furthermore, it is also dependant on the location and era of collection that the objects possess their own individuality. The characteristic of this shop is that there is only one of each item, honouring their individuality.
Anyone who enters this shop will feel the overpowering presence of timber. The “nodes” (posts that support the individual shelves) comprise of 235mm x 235mm and 235mm x 205mm, 27mm thick timber sections. Five layers of the former and two layers of the latter are stacked and repeated continuously to the ceiling. Timber is a living material; it gradually records the passing of time in the form of growth rings in a single section; by multiplying the layers a “pattern of time” steadily emerges. At the point where the two narrower layers are, “lines” (shelves for display) can be inserted freely. By repeating this system of “node” and “line” in this shop, the number of shelves for displaying objects in this shop can almost limitlessly increase. Furthermore, the same material, cedarwood, is echoed in the floor and tables in the shop.
Like the antiques in the shop, each timber pattern is unique. And like the antique, the timber has an inherent expression of time etched into its essence. The inherent appeal of timber will create lasting memories for the people who patronise this shop.