Bottega Veneta opens expansive futuristic boutique in Tokyo
Positioned on a street corner in Tokyo’s Ginza, Bottega Veneta’s brand new six-storey flagship store features a material palette that pays homage to the Italian brand’s roots while nodding to its local surroundings.
Occupying 800 sq m over six floors, the Ginza outpost is the brand’s biggest store in Asia to date with Bottega Veneta CEO Claus-Dietrich Lahrs’ referring to the country as ‘one of our most important markets in the world’.
It was designed entirely in-house, the brand says, to reflect the Japanese capital’s futuristic spirit and modernist architecture.
From the outside, a facade of silvery grey metal panels arranged in a lattice pattern make the entire building appear as if it has been wrapped inside the Italian brand’s signature ‘Intrecciato’ leather weave.
The boutique’s lattice-like facade takes inspiration from Bottega Veneta’s signature ‘Intrecciato’ leather weave
Inside, the pale-hued, minimalist interior references the Light and Space artists of the 1960s with a series of inclined and folding planes that frame the windows and exterior views. Created from ‘Kyoto white’ plaster and classic mineral plaster, these architectural folds and pleats nod to both local and Italian traditions.
Similarly the teppei-seki flooring – a Japanese slate used in architecture in the late Edo period – is counter-balanced with various types of Bottega Veneta’s signature Italian marbles, such as Persian Red travertine, which are used to make display plinths, tables and planters, as is tactile hammered oak.
In a finishing touch, seating from Bottega Veneta’s own furniture collection has been customised in leathers exclusive to the Tokyo store, where it sits alongside classic Italian pieces, such as Gio Ponti chairs and Sesann armchairs, originally designed by Gianfranco Frattini. §